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Eliades Ochoa (The Kennedy Center)

Eliades Ochoa

Eliades Ochoa, part of the Buena Vista Social Club project, performs traditional and classic Cuban songs with his band, El Cuarteto Patria.Ochoa, 55, looks striking in his trademark black cowboy hat and gray wisp of a goatee. He specializes in Cuban son, music steeped in the country's rural tradition that is played with acoustic guitars, percussion and trumpet as easily on a sidewalk as in a theater. Ochoa says he was born in Santiago, the capital of Cuba's eastern province, with music in his blood. Both his parents were musicians.