Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz (full name Ursula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso, born October 21, 1925 in Havana, † July 16, 2003 in Fort Lee, New Jersey) was a Cuban- American singer. She was one of the most prominent representatives of the Cuban music of the 20th century. She is considered the Queen of Salsa ( La reina de la salsa ); Celia also bears named after her had become a salsa cult exclamation nickname Azucar ( sugar).

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Life and work

Cruz grew up in a working class neighborhood in Havana. Theme of their songs was, inter alia, their Cuban homeland, which she had left in 1960 after the Cuban revolution for political reasons. After her mother 's death in 1962, the government under Fidel Castro forbade her re-entry to attend the funeral. In the 1970s, they combined Cuban rhythms with jazz. One of her latest solo album is Siempre vivire (I'll always live ) from the year 2000. In this album she took with the song Por si Acaso no Regreso (If I do not return ) in a very emotional text final farewell to her Cuban homeland.

Since the 1950s, she appeared in international concert tours, first as a singer in the band Sonora Matancera, and later as a solo artist. The trips led initially to Latin America and the United States, in the course of her career she performed worldwide - including in Germany. Since 1950, she participated in numerous film and television productions as an actress.

Between 1989 and 2004 (the last award was posthumous) they won with their recorded music total of three Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammys.