Celia Cruz

In 1959, the year of Castro’s revolution, Celia Cruz left Cuba to tour with the Sonora Matancera and never returned. Cruz restarted her career in the New York salsa scene, performing with Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco and others. The diminutive singer dressed big, commanding the stage with her powerful voice and her signature exclamation, “Azucar!” (Sugar!)