Advanced Vocal Literature: Celia Cruz

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Course Description

The Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, has one of the most prolific careers in music history, with 37 studio albums, not including live albums and collaborations, and two Grammys and three Latin Grammys. Her legacy began in Cuba and has reached the entire world.  Just like her catchphrase, ¡Azucar!, Celia is synonymous with Salsa music, a genre of music known today that was born in New York from the fusion of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Jazz communities in the 1970s.  In this 3 week class, we explore several of Celia’s hits (examples are listed below), learn them, and interpret them, all while channeling Celia’s Azucar!

  1. Quimbara
  2. La vida es un carnaval
  3. Azucar negra
  4. Guantanamera