~~February 8, 2016~~
CELIA CRUZ …. AZUCAR
Getting to know about the history of my Latin Roots
I have been watching this Spanish “soap opera” for several weeks now.
I haven’t missed an episode.
It loosely portrays the story of Celia Cruz since her early beginnings in Cuba, her coming into her own and having her own musical sound, her relationship with the “Cuban Revolution” and how she reached immeasurable success never know before by any previous Latin artist.
This TV show has been done with extreme taste and quality. The actors portraying all those who played a part in Celia’s story have done an amazing job.
The last episode is tonight.
I’m sure going to miss it. I wonder what I will do from 8-9 PM starting tomorrow.
Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso also known by her stage name Celia Cruz (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a Cuban singer of Latin music. The most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, she earned twenty-three gold albums and was a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.
She was renowned internationally as the “Queen of Salsa“, “La Guarachera de Cuba“, as well as “The Queen of Latin Music“.
She spent much of her career working in the United States and several Latin American countries.
Leila Cobo of Billboard Magazine once said “Cruz is indisputably the best known and most influential female figure in the history of Cuban and Latin music”.
Celia Cruz Alfonso was born on October 21, 1925 in the diverse, working-class neighborhood of Santos Suárez in Havana, Cuba, the second of four children. Her father, Simon Cruz, was a railroad stoker and her mother, Catalina Alfonso was a homemaker who took care of an extended family of fourteen.
While growing up in Cuba’s diverse 1930’s musical climate, Cruz listened to many musicians who influenced her adult career, including Fernando Collazo, Abelardo Barroso, Pablo Quevedo and Arsenio Rodríguez.
Despite her mother’s opposition and the fact that she was Catholic, as a child Cruz learned santería songs from her neighbor who practiced santería. Cruz also later studied the words to Yoruba songs with colleague Mercedita Valdes (an Akpwon santería singer) from Cuba and made various recordings of this religious genre, even singing backup for other female akpwons like Candita Batista.
Celia TV Show
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On July 16, 2003, Cruz died of brain cancer at her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey, at the age of 77. Her husband, Pedro Knight (died February 3, 2007), was there for her while she was going through cancer treatments. She had no children with him.
After her death, her body was taken to lie in state in Miami’s Freedom Tower, where more than 200,000 fans paid their final respects. Multiple vigils occurred world wide in cities such as Havana, Miami, and Cali (the Cali vigil became notorious in Colombian history due to its three day span).
Knight had Cruz buried in a granite mausoleum that he had built in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York City earlier in 2003, when she was dying. Knight chose the plot on which it stands, which is near the gravestones of Duke Ellington and Miles Davis because it was accessible to fans and had four windows built into it so that fans could see inside when paying their respects.
Singing legend Celia Cruz (L) and her husband Pedro Knight smile for the cameras as they arrive at the 2002 Latin Billboard Awards show taping in Miami Beach, Florida May 9, 2002. REUTERS/Colin Braley ME
Knight was known to share his time there with visiting fans. Knight himself was buried with Cruz in the same mausoleum following his death on February 3, 2007.
An epilogue in her autobiography notes that, in accordance with her wishes, Cuban soil which she had saved from a visit to Guantánamo Bay was used in her entombment.
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American Music Awards Performances and News 2013
Jennifer Lopez’s Tribute to Celia Cruz
Jennifer Lopez stole the show for Latinos everywhere on November 24, 2013, with her tribute to Celia Cruz at the American Music Awards. The Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress blew the crowd away by interpreting Celia’s most famous songs.
The performance was loud, fun and colorful with dancers hyping up the crowd with their “salsa” moves while Jennifer sang her heart away in Cruz’s traditional dresses.
Latinos definitely proved to be a big part of America’s music culture; as this performance was positively highlight of last night’s show.
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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Singer Jennifer Lopez (C) performs onstage during the 2013 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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~Jennifer López – Tribute to Celia Cruz~
~Published on Nov 24, 2013~
(Live at American Music Awards 2013)
We ALL are ONE!!