Celia Cruz (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003), was a Cuban singer of Latin music.
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Features Song Lyrics for Celia Cruz's Celia Cruz the Queen of Salsa album.
rsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was an Afro-Cuban singer and the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century. She was renowned internationally as the "Queen of Salsa", "La Guarachera de Cuba", as well as "The Queen of Latin Music". Throughout her career, Celia Cruz interpreted and internationally popularized tropical rhythms such as Son, Guaguancó, Rumba, Guaracha and Bolero. However, the genre that led to stardom was Salsa.
Celia Cruz soon became the voice of salsa. She performed and made records with many musicians. She would wear wildly colorful clothing with tall shiny shoes. Her face was often painted with bright makeup. And her dancing was as energetic as her voice. STEVE EMBER: During the nineteen seventies Celia Cruz became famous for calling out "Azúcar!" while singing. This word means "sugar" in Spanish. We leave you with the song "Rie y Llora" from Celia Cruz's last album. It is a song about laughing and crying. Cruz reminds her listeners to live their lives fully and enjoy every moment. STEVE EMBER: This program was written and produced by Dana Demange.
The Undisputed Queen of Salsa. Celia Cruz' trademark cry of "Azucar!" - which means sugar - is the punchline of a joke she often told at her performances; after several years, she could merely walk on stage and shout the word and the audience would burst into applause. Watching Celia Cruz perform leaves no doubt that this is a woman in her natural element.
Celia Cruz, who reigned for decades as the queen not only of salsa but of all Latin music, died Wednesday at her home in Fort Lee, . after a battle with brain cancer, her spokeswoman announced. The publicist gave her age as 78, though other sources have listed her as 77 or 79. In any case, she was ageless, as her Grammy win in February for Best Salsa Album for La Negra Tiene Tumbao proved. Cruz’s career, which began in the 1940s, included 70 albums, two Grammys, and three Latin Grammys. She was known for her flamboyant costumes and wigs and her frequent shouts of Azucár! ( sugar ).
Celia Cruz, the flamboyant "Queen of Salsa," died on Wednesday at her home in New Jersey after a battle with brain cancer. One of the seminal figures in Cuban music history, with a career that spanned five decades, the 77-year-old. Cruz was celebrated for her high energy, colorful sartorial style and wigs, as well as her efforts to modernize salsa music and bring it to a wider world audience. She collaborated with everyone from Wyclef Jean,. Her most recent album, La Negra Tiene Tumbao, won a 2002 Latin Grammy for Best Salsa Album.
Celia Cruz was born in Havana in 1925 and left Cuba for the . when Fidel Castro took power in 1959. She joined Tito Puente’s orchestra in 1966, and her recordings for the Fania label helped to construct the legacy of salsa music. Cruz released over 60 albums, 23 of which went gold. Her image was featured on a commemorative . postage stamp, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts, and won 6 Grammy Awards in addition to the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award.