Eliades Ochoa Bustamante was born on June 22, 1946.
His birthplace, La Loma de la Avispa, is located in Songo la Maya, a municipality in Santiago de Cuba province.
As a self-taught musician, he began to play the guitar at the age of 6. His parents had a rural upbringing and were popular musicians with no formal training. His father Aristónico Ochoa and his mother both played the tres guitar (an autochthonous Cuban instrument).