Sunday, July 14, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Eliades Ochoa y Cuarteto Patria
Song:Teje Que Teje
Singer and guitarist Eliades Ochoa was one of several Cuban musicians who were unknown outside Cuba until Ry Cooder and Wim Wenders produced the 1997 documentary The Buena Vista Social Club. It's been great for Ochoa who now has a global fanbase for his brand of Son. What is Son? It is a Cuban mix of Spanish guitar and African rhythms. Ochoa was born June 22, 1946 in Songo La Maya, Cuba. Cuarteto Patria has been around since 1939 led by Pancho Cobas. Their music was the music of the Cuban countryside known as Trova. Ochoa agreed to join Cuarteto Patria in 1978 on the condition that the band would play Son which is his specialty. Eventually Ochoa took over the group and added family members like Humberto Ochoa on guitar and Elgis Ochoa on maracas. Other members are William Calderon on bass and Roberto Torres on bongos. They usually bring in special guests for their albums. This 1999 CD Sublime Illusion was recorded in the wake of The Buena Vista Social Club. Special guests include Ry Cooder on guitar, his son Joachim Cooder on drums, renowned blues musician Charlie Musselwhite and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Cuban music fans should check it out. Ochoa has also been a member of The Afro Cuban All Stars. And more recently he has been a part of Afrocubism. This features Ochoa and Cuarteto Patria along with African musicians like Toumani Diabate. That CD was released in 2010. Ochoa continues to record solo too. Here's Eliades Ochoa y Cuarteto Patria performing Teje Que Teje.