Remembering Celia Cruz
by Judy Cantor-Navas | July 16, 2013
From Cuban ingenue to soul sister to queen of salsa, Celia Cruz had a voice that reigned for a lifetime. Through changing times and musical trends, Cruz kept in step with her effervescent combination of sass and class. Distinctly Cuban, her unmistakable voice and signature cry of "azucar" became known around the world. Born in 1925, Celia Cruz died 10 years ago, on July 16, 2003. This two-hour tribute playlist includes Cruz's Fania-era duets with Johnny Pacheco, Cuban tracks with La Sonora Matancera, collaborations with her friend Tito Puente, and early Santeria ritual recordings.