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Thursday August 18, 2016

From The Austin Chronicle

Buena Vista Social Club Survivors Come to Austin
Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa lead the new Cuban-American frontier
By: María Nuñez

Living in this manner – “Music is my heaven, earth, sea, sun, happiness, and reason” – Cuban legend Omara Portuondo is the personification of the Caribbean’s devotion to culture. Encompassing a million square miles and some 700 islands – home to more than 40 million inhabitants – the region’s influence on Latin culture remains somewhat downplayed, yet the musicians of her native homeland never let Cuba’s politics overshadow its arts.

…Today, the Buena Vista Social Club standard is still held aloft by founding members Eliades Ochoa, a guitar-playing Santiaguero cowboy, and bolero diva Portuondo.

“The opportunity to represent our music around the world is what I love the most,” says Portuondo in Spanish from a solo tour stop in Madrid. “We are a country that has a little bit of everything. We have parts of Spain, we have the African part, so being able to share the stage with great artists that represent every part of my country and share that with the world is the most important thing to me.”

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