Friday, March 23, 2018
Doors t 7:30, Show at 8:00 p.m.
The Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street, Northampton, MA
NEPR is proud to present "From Buena Vista Social Club: Eliades Ochoa & Grupo Patria" at The Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.
In Cuba's mountainous eastern region, far from Havana's pre-revolution nightlife, Eliades Ochoa's musical roots were formed in the Cuban countryside and from the music of his family's humble farm community. Playing guitar since age 6, Eliades was raised listening to the stories of those times, playing at farmers dances, and developing his expressive, unaffected musical style.
Salsa and mambo dance rhythms are vintage Cuba, but Eliades' indigenous son style is where syncopated clave rhythms and short vocal refrains suggest the true story of Cuba's troubadour legacy and the divergence of African and Hispanic cultures. In Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Eliades' memorable voice in the son composition Chan Chan symbolized Cuba's international musical revival and the song was the first track on the group's eponymous album of 1997.
Join us for an incredible evening of music from Cuba next spring!