From the Buena Vista Social Club™ ELIADES OCHOA
Eliades Ochoa Cuban folk singer and composer returns with a new album in 2017.
Eliades Ochoa is considered one of the most important Cuban musicians of all time. He was born on June 22, 1946, in Loma de la Avispa (Santiago de Cuba province),on the east of the island.
He has always defended 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 he moved with his family to Santiago de Cuba; walking around the city and singing what was learned on the radio.
Ochoa achieved international recognition through his participation in the Buena Vista Social Club™. The group spread traditional Cuban music all over the world, congregating whole generations of fans during its more than 18 years of history.
The Cuban Johnny Cash, as he is commonly known, is currently preparing its new project scheduled for 2017. A work recorded entirely in his native Cuba, but travels through the Latin American folk sound in its purest style, rescuing traditional Cuban instruments such as marimba and botijuella, sounds almost forgotten by contemporary music.
After more than 12 years without recording an album, Ochoa returns to the studio with one of the most personal projects of his career. A work plagued with original themes, that returns to the sound rooted of guajira and country that transform into an authentic and original sound.
The GRAMMY® award-winning North American producer Michael League, composer, producer, guitarist and bassist for the New York based jazz fusion band Snarky Puppy, is responsible for uniting the more traditional sound with the modern by blending blues of the electric guitars. In addition the project will have the presence of special guests that will add a special touch to the mix.
Throughout his more than six decades on stage, Eliades Ochoa has collaborated with wellknown names such as Ry Cooder, Toumani Diabate, Manu Dibango, Vieaux Farka Toure, Rafael Cueto, Ñico Saquito among other illustrious Cubans. 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