Celia Cruz

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Women are afraid to sing salsa, I don't know why. Maybe they think it's for men. But I think everybody can sing everything

Celia Cruz, The New York Times, 19 November 1985

Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso de la Santísima Trinidad also known by her stage name Celia Cruz (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a Cuban salsa singer/performer. One of the most popular salsa artists of the 20th century, she earned twenty-three gold albums and was renowned internationally as the “Queen of Salsa”. 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 music”.