“¡Azúcar!” (“Sugar!”) 

The fabulous and famous Latina singer, Celia Cruz, began to light the world on October 21, 1924, with her birth in Havana, Cuba.  Cruz started her career singing in cabarets in Havana, and got her big break in 1950 as the lead singer for La Sonora Matancera. The group went on tour in 1959, the year of the Cuban Revolution, and Cruz never returned home.  In New York, she lit up the salsa scene.  Cruz was a charismatic presence on stage, wearing glamorous and spectacular dresses, heels and wigs and calling out her signature exclamation, “¡Azúcar!” (“Sugar!”) Cruz produced 23 certified gold albums, and was as beloved by her audiences for her heart of gold. For more on Celia Cruz, please visit the Smithsonian American History Museum online exhibit at www.SI.edu.

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