October: Celia Cruz (1925-2003)

Ola! In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15) our October Musician of the Month is Celia Cruz. Celia Cruz is the “Queen of Salsa”, and recorded 23 gold albums during a long career. Born in Cuba, she eventually settled in the United States. Students read the picture book “Oye Celia!” by Kate Scurbia, sang along with “Quimbara” on Sesame Street, and then watched Celia sing the same song in a real concert in Africa. Azúcar!

“Quimbara” on Sesame Street

“Quimbara” live in Zaire, Africa

Smithsonian Interactive Album on Celia Cruz