Cuban vocalist and guitarist Eliades Ochoa
worked with many groups during his career, including the Septetos Cubanos, Casa de la Troya, and Cuarteto Patria, with which he recorded two albums, 1993's A Una Coqueta
and 1998's Cubafrica. Ochoa's work on Ry Cooder's Buena Vista Social Club
raised his mainstream prominence; on his second solo album, 1999's Sublime Illusion
, Ochoa collaborated with Cooder and Cuarteto Patria once again. Other releases include Son de Santiago
and Cuarteto Patria
. Fall 2000 saw the release of Eliades Ochoa y el Cuarteto Patria and Cuidadito Compay Gallo
was issued a year later. The earthy and gruff Estoy Como Nunca followed a year later.