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Eliades Ochoa

Wednesday 25 April 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
Kensington Gore
020 7589 8212
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Eliades Ochoa is considered one of the most important Cuban musicians of all time. He achieved worldwide recognition through his participation in the Buena Vista Social Club, and in recent years he has combined touring with his group Grupo Patria and being a principal performer in the worldwide sold-out ‘Adiós Tour’ with the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club.  Throughout his career he has collaborated with numerous groups including Septetos Cubanos, Casa de la Trova and Cuarteto Patria, with whom he also recorded several albums. Ochoa has received several Latin Grammy nominations and awards, and he has played for the Obamas at a White House performance during Spanish Heritage Month.

This show is one of the most personal projects of the musician’s career, rescuing traditional Cuban instruments such as the Marimba and Botijuella, their sound almost forgotten by contemporary music – Latin American folk sound in its purest style – and will feature special guests that will add a touch of blues to the mix.

Eliades was born on June 22, 1946, in Loma de la Avispa (Santiago de Cuba province), eastern Cuba. He played the first notes on his guitar at the age of six, and at twelve he walked around town singing what he had learned on the radio. He has always defended traditional Cuban music, becoming a faithful exponent and representative of Son, Bolero and Guaracha.

His albums include “Sublime Illusion” (1999) with Ry Cooder and Cuarteto Patria; ‘Eliades Ochoa and El Cuarteto Patria,’ (2000), followed a year later by ‘Cuidadito Compay Gallo’ and in 2002 by ‘Estoy Como Nunca.’ In October 2010 he released ‘AfroCubism,’ for which Grupo Patria and Eliades collaborated with musicians from Mali such as Toumani Diabate, Bassekou Kouyate and Kasse Mady Diabate. In November of that same year he embarked on a world tour to present AfroCubism. In 2011 he recorded his new album ‘A Bolero for You’ and continued to perform concerts in Cuba and around the world.

‘A Cuban troubadour thrills the world stage.’ Los Angeles Times

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