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Celia Cruz had the chameleon-like ability to master many different genres of Afro-Caribbean songs. She chose a repertoire that showcased the power of her voice as well as her ability to navigate the richness and complexity of the rhythms and melodies of the music.

Here you can listen to examples of her music at different periods of her career, from the traditional "Ye ye oh guamá," a song dedicated to the orisha (deity) Oshún, through her performance of "La mazucamba" with the Sonora Matancera, as well as her later exploration of new musical forms and combinations, such as her collaboration with Tito Puente on "Aquarius." With Willie Colón, she recorded "A papá," a traditional plena from Puerto Rico arranged for a salsa orchestra. "Cúcala" (originally recorded by Puerto Rican singer Ismael Rivera) with Johnny Pacheco and his orchestra became one of her biggest hits. "La vida es un carnaval" and "La negra tiene tumbao" reflect her ability to reinvent herself and explore new horizons in music.

Selected Covers
Cover Year Title Label
1948
La mazucamba
Listen to La Mazucamba to “La mazucamba”
Turpial
1956
Cuba’s queen of rhythm
Seeco
1957
Canciones premiadas
Seeco
1966
Cuba y Puerto Rico son (with Tito Puente)
Tico
1966
Homenaje a Yemayá:
con la Sonora Matancera, vol. 3
Seeco
1966
Homenaje a los santos:
con la Sonora Matancera, vol. 2
Seeco
1967
Bravo
Orfeon
1967
A ti México: Con la Sonora de Memo Salamanca
Tico
1968
¡La excitante Celia Cruz!
Tico
1969
Quimbo quimbumbia (with Tito Puente)
Listen to Aquarius to “Aquarius”

Tico
1974
Celia & Johnny (with Johnny Pacheco)
Vaya
1976
Recordando el ayer (with Johnny Pacheco, Justo Betancourt, and Papo Lucca)
Vaya
1977
Only They Could Have Made This Album
Listen to A Papá to “A papá”

Vaya
1979
La ceiba (with la Sonora Ponceña)
Vaya
1980
Celia Cruz y la Sonora Matancera
Orfeon
1987
The winners (with Willie Colón)
Vaya
1988
Ritmo en el corazón (with Ray Barretto)
Fania
1998
Afro-Cubana
Listen to Yeye oh oh guama to “Yeye oh oh guama”

Exworks
1998
Mi vida es cantar
Listen to La vida es un carnival to “La vida es un carnaval”

RMM
2000
Celia Cruz & Friends: A Night of Salsa
Listen to Cúcala to “Cúcala”

RMM
2001
Cuba Bella
Listen to Quizas, Quizas, Quizas to “Quizás, quizás, quizás”

Golden Stars
2001
La negra tiene tumbao
Listen to La Negra lo tienen tumbao to “La negra tiene tumbao”

Sony

 

 
 
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