Celia Cruz

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Prof. Caban, Ruben
MUL2380 MDC Summer 2015

Azucar! Celia Cruz was one of the most famous Cuban salsa singers. She was nicknamed the Queen of Salsa, with more than thirty-six albums that where recorded with other singers in the Latin music industry. Celia worked as a singer for more than forty years, during that time she became well known for her work, great personality, and her emotional way of singing. During her performances something that made her stand out was her ability to improvise lyrics most known as a Sonera. Her success made her an inspiration for more than six decades to the Latin community as well as the rest of the world.

Celia was one of 14 children born on October 21, 1925, in the Santo Suarez a neighborhood in Havana, Cuba (A&E). Her singing talent started when she was young but instead of pursuing a career in singing, she studied to be a teacher (Marceles). Her father told her that he did not believe that singing was a profession for a woman, not putting any thought into what her father said she still went after what she taught right, a career in singing after the strong encouragement coming from her mother, teacher and aunt. Celia began singing in talent shows and doing recordings for radio stations, but neither were sold for money she did it recreationally. Her first recordings were made in 1978 in Venezuela with the Turpial label (A&E). She sang these with the Leonard Melody and Alfonso Larrain orchestras (Marceles).

Later In 1950, she was called in to be the lead singer of a Cuban band, La Sonara Matancera. At first, the public did not like her because she was black, and as we know a few years back blacks where very discriminated in the music industry or any kind of industry. Eventually after all her hard work, and the fact that the orchestra stood by her, the public accepted her and she became famous…...

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