"Salsa Cubana" Dedicated to Eliades Ochoa

Santiago De Cuba, Cuba – The 15the issue of “Salsa Cubana” magazine is dedicated to Eliades Ochoa -one of the outstanding personalities of Cuban traditional music. It was presented at Meliá Santiago Hotel and Pepe Sánchez “Trova” Music House in Santiago de Cuba.

Photo reporter Roberto Bello portrays the “trova” singer’s life, work, records and tours. Ochoa will shortly celebrate his 55th birthday anniversary, on June 22. Eliades Ochoa, a country man by heart, won a Grammy award in 1997 in the category of Best Tropical Latin Performance, with the album Buena Vista Social Club.

Ochoa, along with his Cuarteto Patria , which he has directed for over 25 years, has recorded his greatest hits: the CDs “Sublime Ilusion” and “Tributo al Cuarteto Patria, both nominated to 2000 and 2001 Grammy awards, respectively.

The current issue also includes articles about the 145th birthday anniversary of Pepe Sánchez, composer of song “Tristeza” and recognized it as the first “bolero” song of music history; César Portillo de la Luz, a famous personality of “bolero” music; Emiliano Salvador, a legend of Cuban Jazz; Enrique Lazaga, a maestro of güiro; and musical groups Azucar and Síntesis.

“Salsa Cubana” magazine, which publishes 5,000 copies four times a year, first appeared on May 3, 1997, by the initiative of a group of artists headed by Juan Formell, motivated to have have a magazine that would reflect the Cuban music cene, from classical music to rock-and-roll.

Eliades Ochoa recordings available: Buena Vista Social Club, Cubafrica (1998), Sublime Ilusión (1999); Tributo a Cuarteto Patria (2000) and Estoy Como Nunca (2002)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.