Eliades Ochoa, Cuban folk singer and composer, returns to Europe on Tour

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Eliades Ochoa is considered to be one of the most important Cuban musicians of all times. He was born on 22 June 1946 in Loma de la Avispa, on the east side of Cuba. He has always advocated traditional Cuban music, becoming a faithful exponent and representative of son, bolero and guaracha. At the age of six, he played the first notes on his guitar and at twelve years old, he moved with his family to Santiago de Cuba; walking around the city, singing what was broadcast on the radio.

Ochoa achieved international recognition through his participation in the Buena Vista Social ClubTM. He is the lead vocalist of their hit “Chan Chan”. The group spread
traditional Cuban music all over the world, congregating whole generations of fans during its history of over eighteen years.


The Cuban Johnny Cash, as he is commonly known, is currently preparing his new project scheduled for 2017. The album has been recorded entirely in his native Cuba but travels through the Latin American folk sound in its purest style, preserving traditional Cuban instruments such as marimba and botijuella whose sounds are almost forgotten in contemporary music.


Throughout his career, which spans over six decades, Eliades Ochoa has collaborated with well-known names such as Ry Cooder, Toumani Diabate, Manu Dibango, Vieux Farka Toure, Rafael Cueto, Ñico Saquito among other illustrious Cuban artists. In 2014, Eliades recorded the mythic song “All Along the Watchtower” as a tribute to another influence: Bob Dylan.


“There are no distances, languages or borders, there is nothing like that in the music I create. I am a jíbaro (farmer) who lives proudly every time I finish a performance with an standing ovation, and I owe it to my culture that I have never stopped doing traditional Cuban music. Cuban son is the highlight expression of my art.” - Eliades Ochoa


Exclusive show in the Netherlands: 29 April - TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht

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