Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa by Veronica ChambersEveryone knows the flamboyant, larger-than-life Celia, the extraordinary salsa singer who passed away in 2003, leaving millions of fans brokenhearted. Now accomplished childrens book author Veronica Chambers gives young readers a lyrical glimpse into Celias childhood and her inspiring rise to worldwide fame and recognition. First-time illustrator Julie Maren truly captures the movement and the vibrancy of the Latina legend and the sizzling sights and sounds of her legacy.
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Dolores (sister); Gladys (sister); Bárbaro (brother). Musical career. Genres. Salsa · guaracha · son · bolero · rumba. Instruments. Vocals. Labels. Seeco Records; Tico Records; Fania Records; Barbaro Records; RMM · Sony Discos. Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso (October 21, – July 16, ), known as . In parallel, Cruz had adopted the American.
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Cruz rose to fame in Cuba during the s as a singer of guarachas, earning the nickname "La Guarachera de Cuba". In the following decades, she became known internationally as the "Queen of Salsa" or "The Queen of Latin Music" due to her contributions to Latin music in the United States. She began her career in her native Cuba, earning recognition as a vocalist of the popular musical group Sonora Matancera , a musical association that lasted fifteen years Cruz mastered a wide variety of Afro-Cuban music styles including guaracha , rumba , afro , son and bolero , recording numerous singles in these styles for Seeco Records. In the early s, after the Cuban Revolution caused the nationalization of the music industry, Cruz left her native country, becoming one of the symbols and spokespersons of the Cuban community in exile. In the s, she signed for Fania Records and became strongly associated with the salsa genre, releasing hits such as "Quimbara". During the last years of her career, Cruz continued to release successful songs such as " La vida es un carnaval " and " La negra tiene tumbao ".
It was on the radio in diverse Santos Suarez where Cruz would grow up listening to all types of music. Rumba , mambo , guaracha , bolero , cha-cha , salsa and son cubano was apart of her musical education. By her bandmates sticking up for her, Cruz eventually became well love not only in Cuba , but throughout all of Latin America. Over a year later she would take up residency in New Jersey and marry Matancera trumpet player Pedro Knight. In the mid s, she followed the New York music scene which had musicians from all over Latin America and the Caribbean.
Singer. Cuban–born singing star Celia Cruz has been hailed as the queen of salsa, rumba, and Latin music, and an inadvertent symbol of the Cuban– American.
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From the insides of Habana, in , a black Cinderella is born filled with flavor, talent and transcendence Daughter of a humble family, she came to this world with the blessing of the Gods and a lucky star that would be with her throughout her life, despite its ups and downs.
Celia was drawn to music from an early age. Legend has it that her first pair of shoes was actually a gift from a tourist for whom she sang. In addition to singing her siblings to sleep, Celia sang in school productions and community gatherings. Her career began in earnest as a teenager, when her aunt and cousin took her to cabarets to perform. Over the next years with the orchestra, her star continued to rise. As the Cuban Revolution raged in , Celia touring in concert in Mexico at the time , made the decision not to return to the island.