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Eliades Ochoa

+ Omar Puente

Eliades Ochoa in profile, wearing a black wide-brimmed hat, standing next to a yellow wall

The former Buena Vista Social Club kingpin makes a rare London appearance and his first at the Barbican in more than ten years.

Eliades is known as Mr Chan Chan in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba, from the song that Compay Segundo gave to him to make its first recording. His unique guitar and vocal style has made him a champion of string and percussion driven son, bolero and guaracha. Eliades has nurtured the legacy and repertoire of greats like Compay, Miguel Matamoros and Celia Cruz.

His extraordinary life story is the subject of a new film Eliades Ochoa – From Cuba to the World currently picking up awards on the festival circuit. Eliades played the first notes on his guitar at the age of six, and at twelve he walked around town singing what he had learned from the radio the rest is eternal Cuban music history. 

Support comes from violinist Omar Puente mixing boundless classical technique with Caribbean heart and soul and fiery jazz-informed improvisation.

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Watch: Eliades Ochoa with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

Cuban guitarist Eliades Ochoa's 2013 live performance of Chan Chan with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at Villa Arconati Festival in Milan, Italy.

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Listen: Eliades Ochoa y el Cuarteto Patria - María Cristina

Take a listen to María Cristina by Cuban guitarist and singer Eliades Orchoa.

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Watch: Eliades Ochoa's Canto a la Habana

Take a look at the Official Music Video for Cuban singer and guitarist Eliades Ochoa's song Canto a la Habana.

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