salsa queen


Born on this day…

October 21, 1925

Celia Cruz:  Cuban Singer. “Queen of Salsa”


Celia: My Life – Celia Cruz w/Ana Cristina Reymundo

Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa – Veronica Chambers


 “Singing is my life. It has always been my life. It will always be my life.”

Additional Quick Read:

29 Gorgeous Celia Cruz Photos To Remember The ‘Queen Of Salsa’

List of Spanish-speaking artists you should definitely check out:

Olga Tañon (Puerto Rico)

- Mienteme

- Bandolero

- Caramelo

Juan Luis Guerra (Dominican Republic)

- Ojala que llueva café

- La Bilirrubina

- Me Enamoro de ella

With 4.40

- El primo (this one is incredibly fast, enjoy!)

Marc Anthony (United States)

- Vivir mi vida

Celia Cruz (Cuba) - The Queen of Salsa!

- La Vida es un Carnaval

- Sazon

- Que le den candela

Chayanne (Puerto Rico)

- Madre Tierra (Oye)

- Humanos a Marte

Daddy Yankee (Puerto Rico)

**may contain inappropriate language**

- Gasolina 

- Que tengo que hacer

- Palabras con sentido      

Victor Manuelle (Puerto Rico)

- Mi Salsa le gusto

- Si tu me besas

- Me llamare tuyo              

Bacilos (United States)

- Tabaco y Chanel

- Contigo se va

Elvis Crespo (Puerto Rico)

- Suavemente (the original!)

Gente de Zona (Cuba)

- La Gozadera

- Ella lo baila pegao

Juanes (Colombia)

- Fotografia

- La camisa negra

* All the links lead to youtube (should be obvious, but just in case)

** The songs here are based on the songs I like and/or have on my iPod. Many are very old. Sorry. Please feel free to correct any mistakes or add songs. I hope this is helpful! 

I will translate any song you want!


This heartfelt biography celebrates the life of Cuban singer Celia Cruz from her childhood in Havana to her international fame as the Queen of Salsa. As a girl, Celia’s voice enchanted neighbors when she sang lullabies to her younger siblings. In high school, she sang Afro-Cuban rhythms in local clubs. Her big break came in 1950 when she was hired as lead singer for Cuba’s most popular band, La Sonora Matancera, and together they created a new style of Latin dance music. In 1960, Celia left Cuba forever for a singing career in Hollywood. Over the next 40 years she spread salsa music worldwide singing “sweet sugar” wherever she went.