Albita Rodríguez grew up in Havana, Cuba, the daughter of popular folk music singers. By the late 1980s, Albita had become a star in her own right as a singer, songwriter and bandleader who drew on traditional Cuban genres. In 1993 she defected to Miami where she re-defined the Cuban female singer with her powerful voice and androgynous style. Her 2004 album, Albita Llegó, won the Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Tropical Album.