KELVIS OCHOA

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Kelvis Ochoa. Cuban singer-songwriter. Exponent of the most renovating Cuban music. With his well-defined style, he incorporates into his music elements from multiple musical genres such as Son, Sucu-sucu, Cha Cha Cha, Macuta, Songo, Conga, Merengue, Milonga and Timba, among others.To his melodies, envelopes and lyric of passionate and funny texts, his surprising good work is added at the time of assuming the improvisation. He has two solo phonograms and was a co-author of the soundtrack of the film Habana Blues, an arrangement that won the Goya 2006 Award in the music and assembly category and also the nominations for direction and production. He was born in Las Tunas in 1970, although from a very young age he moved with his grandparents to live on the Isle of Youth, where he lived until 1992, when he moved to Havana.It comes from a family of musicians. His grandfather was director of the Oriental Organ Orchestra. His father, Segundo Ochoa, was a timbalero. This family context allowed him to live in a musical environment since he was a child. It began to stand out for its innate ease to sing. At the age of nine he sang in a children's duo with his sister Liset Ochoa: "I had it close to the music because my grandfather had the oriental organ Estrellas de Oriente; there my dad played the pailas and in short that the whole family on the part of father were musicians. "With only ten years he began his training in the choir of the House of Culture of Gerona, capital of the Isle of Youth. With just 18 years he joined the Hermanos Saiz Association in a cultural project of the Isle of Youth that was called Los Diablitos. After three long years doing military service, without moving too far from the music, since in this period he formed a group with friends, he moved to Havana in 1992. He quickly made contact with the cultural environments of that time, integrating with the new generation of composers, artists, performers, actors and writers who emerged with their own identity in Havana during that time. He was part of some groups in Cuba although he was with Cuatro Gatos with whom he participated in the album produced by Gema y Pavel, Habana Oculta. He recently participated with Descemer Bueno and other musicians in a humanitarian concert to be held in the Dominican Republic on the occasion of the earthquake in Haiti. For the promotion of the album (Habana Oculta), Kelvis moved to Spain, in July of 1996 along with Boris Larramendi, José Luis Medina, Pepe del Valle, Andy Villalón and Luis Alberto Barbería. He participated in the Bilbao Tropical Festival and other festivals and concerts in theaters. The performances immediately aroused the interest of both the public and the press and even Spanish artists and musicians of recognized prestige. The concrete experience of Habana Abierta, a project integrated by Cuban singer-songwriters who now pass the 30, is recognized as belonging to the generation of 13 and 8, although not all of them passed through there, it is the nucleus of a generation evidently of search and big breaks. After two discs Habana Oculta (made in Havana) and Habana Abierta (in Madrid), 24 leaves hours that includes among others the song "When I left Havana", (1999) perhaps the first success in Spain of Habana Abierta y the closest thing to what could be the most universal projection of these artists. The author of that topic is Kelvis Ochoa, who, although he belongs to Habana Abierta, was never at the 13 and 8 clubs. Kelvis, is the first of this group to make his solo album, an update of the deeply Cuban national tradition, witty and witty. In this first album it is important to review, that despite being full of traditional Cuban rhythms, the fusion ends up being Cuban. "If you do not want to" is the second "single" of this first solo album by Kelvis. A fresh theme, in which the provocative instrumental base along with bass and brass show us the best example of the fusion that Kelvis Ochoa projects on his album. To this is added, in the key of rap, the sensual voice of the Brazilian Fernanda Abreu and the production of Alejo Stivel, synonymous with quality and assured success. His second album has given him the chance to reconnect with his Island (recordings were made at the PM Records studios in Havana) and with Cuban musicians living in Cuba and abroad. This album maintains the musical bases of fusion of traditional rhythms now more focused on direct. This time the piano, the brass and the choirs, acquire a significant importance. This project was created, from the freedom that gives a more personal and independent production, in an environment more in the Cuban way of the "download". In the 2007 the album Amor y Música is released under the label Egrem, a work in which most of the songs are performed by four hands between Kelvis and Descemer Bueno, which also includes the participation of musicians such as Carlos Varela, Roberto Carcassés and Polito Ibañez. Kelvis, during his artistic career, has worked with musicians such as Lolita, Pastora Soler, Pavel Urquiza, Descemer Bueno, Roberto Carcassés (Director of the Cuban Interactive Band), Edesio Alejandro, Haydée Milanés, Yusa, Athanai [[1]], Francis del Río (Interactive), Samuel Formell (Van Van), Elmer Ferrer, Nan Sam Fong (Lolita guitar, Amparanoia, Habana Abierta, etc.), Ojos de Brujo, Manu Chao, The Puerto Rican group Calle 13, among others. As an author he has written songs for Raimundo Amador, Tomasito and Beatriz Márquez, he has collaborated in Tino Di Geraldo albums and in productions made by him. Awarded the Goya 2006 Award for the best original music, as co-author of the Soundtrack of the film "Habana Blues". One of the most singular characteristics of the direct ones of Kelvis Ochoa is its so special form to project the traditional song of Cuba and especially the sucu-sucu (autochthonous rhythm of the Island of the Youth). Kelvis is a master at coexisting, rhythms as traditional as Son, Sucu Sucu, Cha Cha Cha, Macuta, Songo, Conga, Merengue, Milonga and Timba, among others with influences from Funky, Chili-peppers, rock and pop, Pop Antillean and international.

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