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Eliades Ochoa + Adios: Buena Vista Social Club

25 April 2018


One of the most important Cuban musicians of all time, the former Buena Vista Social ClubTM frontman makes his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, fronting his own band.

A winner of several Latin Grammy nominations and awards, Ochoa is known as ‘Mr Chan Chan' in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba. In recent years he has combined performing with his own Grupo Patria with his role as a principal performer in the worldwide sold-out Adiós Tour with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club.

His unique guitar and vocal style has made him a champion of the string and percussion-driven Cuban country music. At this special show he will be playing a special set adding hot brass into the swinging guitar and conga mix.

‘The finest guitarist of his generation.' The Guardian

‘A Cuban troubadour thrills the world stage.' Los Angeles Times

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One of the big nights at La Linea just got bigger. Eliades Ochoa's live set will now be followed by a rare screening of Lucy Walker's documentary, Adios: Buena Vista Social Club which includes footage from BVSC's global farewell tour.

The London Latin Music Festival, La Linea, will return in 2018 with a heady mix of debut commissions, one-off UK performances, and live premieres from global superstars and rising stars across the Latin music world. Running for 10 days at the end of April, the festival will utilise a range of London venues and boasts a stand-out line-up that features everything from traditional Cuban music, Latin rumba, ska and punk from Spain, Chilean classics, genre-spanning sounds from Mexico, and future Iranian/Afro-Cuban inspired electronica.

The first acts confirmed for the festival are former Buena Vista Social Club frontman Eliades Ochoa, who returns to the UK for the first time since the iconic band's farewell tour in 2015 to make his solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, the UK premiere of a special tribute to Latin American composers in Hollywood, Sonorama, which nods to the likes of Juan García Esquivel, Lalo Schifrin, Maria Greve, and Johnny Richards in a big brass and electronic reinvention led by Mexico-City based composer and performer Camilo Lara, and global phenomenon Mexrrissey, who will premiere their brand new show 'La Reina is Dead' at the Barbican.

Also on the initial bill is Chilean-French singer Ana Tijoux, who returns to London for the first time since her sold-out appearance at La Linea in 2015, diverging from her hip-hop roots to explore a more intimate sound and style through her new project Roja y Negro: canciones de amor y desamor. The festival also welcomes back London-based Iranian/Cuban quartet Ariwo, who will deliver their boundary-pushing sound that combines the raw energy of Cuban rumba with the deep melancholy of Iranian electronic music to the Village Underground, iconic Senegalese outfit Orchestra Baobab, and Catalonian supergroup La Pegatina, who will showcase their unique mix of Latin rhythms, lively urban rumba, ska and punk to audiences at the Electric Ballroom.

La Linea Festival Director Andy Wood:

"We're thrilled to announce the return of La Linea in 2018. As a festival we recognise and celebrate London's growing status as one of the world's great Latin cities, home to many Latin artists and a hungry and diverse audience, and feel this year's programme more than ever highlights the depth, and breadth of its music on an international scale."

Created by Como No in 2001 to showcase the Latin contribution to the wider musical world and to celebrate new artists, new collaborations and new projects, La Linea has built a global reputation for bringing together a host of stellar Latin artists to London every April. La Linea 2018 runs from April 20th to 30th, and tickets are available from

Confirmed so far:

Sonorama - The Barbican | Friday 20th April

Gisela Joao - Union Chapel | Saturday 21 April

Ariwo + Soundspecies - Village Underground | Monday 23 April

Eliades Ochoa - Royal Albert Hall | Wednesday 25 April

Ana Tijoux - The Jazz Café | Thursday 26 April

Orchestra Baobab - The Barbican | Friday 27 April

Mexrrissey - The Barbican | Sunday 29 April

La Pegatina - Electric Brixton | Monday 30 April

Jorge Drexler - Cadogan Hall | Monday 30 April

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Royal Albert Hall, london

Kensington Gore London, SW7 2AP

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