Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Music Break - Celia Cruz

Today is the birthday of the remarkable Celia Cruz, the "Queen of Salsa."

I don't know when I first heard her sing. I suspect it was in Mambo Kings, but it's hard to remember. Maybe it was when I would listen to Tito Puente with my parents. It feels like she's been around on my playlists for ages. What an amazing voice. And now we get to learn more about her life, thanks to the fantastic telenovela Celia.

While I was reading about her for this post, I saw that she's often referred to as "La Guarachera de Cuba." My Spanish is pretty rudimentary, so I had to look up "guarachera." As it turns out, even Google Translate doesn't know what it means. Fortunately, Wikipedia did. Guaracha is the name for the traditional type of Cuban music she's known for -- fast tempo and lyrics.

I've selected a couple of my favorite videos of her singing. Check 'em out:

Over her career, she traveled the world, appeared in several movies, and recorded 23 gold albums. Today I will be queuing up and listening to (and dancing along with) her music in her honor.

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso!

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