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Celia Cruz

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: October 21, 1925 | Died: July 16, 2003    

Beloved as the undisputed Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz had a remarkable six-decade career, with more than 70 records, two Grammy awards, and three Latin Grammys, among numerous other accolades, to her credit.  Cruz, who sang only in her native Spanish language,also received a Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement award, and a National Medal of the Arts for her contributions to Latin music and culture.

Celia Cruz began singing in amateur contests at the age of 14, in her home city of Havana, Cuba. She studied music theory, piano and voice at the National Music Conservatory.

In 1950 she began singing with the conjunto Sonora Matancera, and with that group she was a central figure in some of the most glorious chapters of Afrocuban music, recording a number of legendary songs, including “Yembe Laroco,” “Yerbero Moderno,” “Burundanga,” and “Caramelo.” By the end of the '50s the Sonora Matancera was the most popular group in Cuba. Celia's alliance with them took her beyond the coast of Cuba and exported her talent to the world. While in the group she met Pedro Knight, at the time one of the band's two trumpeters. This relationship culminated in matrimony and has lasted 42 years....
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    Cuba's Queen Of Song

    Continental
    2011
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    On Fire - The Essential Celia Cruz

    Continental
    2000
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    La Guarachera De Cuba

    Continental
    1998
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    Canciones Premiadas De Celia Cruz Con La Sonora Matancera

    Continental
    1989
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    Ritmo En El Corazon

    Continental
    1988
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    Cuba's Queen Of Rhythm

    Continental
    1985
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    La Ceiba Y La Siguaraya

    Continental
    1979
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