In the 1950s Cuban music exploded in popularity with the Mambo and Cha Cha Cha. It gave prominence to many artists but it was the female singers like Celia Cruz, Graciela, Olga Guillot, La Lupe, Celeste Mendoza, and Omara Portuondo, who captured the hearts of the world with their voices.
Celia Cruz ranks as one of the most popular Latin Music singers with twenty-three gold albums. Her career started in 1950 in pre-Castro Cuba and lasted through her passing in 2003.
Another Cuban singer Omara Portuondo was a contemporary of Celia Cruz. She was popular through the 60s-80s. Her career picked up in 1996 with the album Buena Vista Social club. She was a founding singer and is still part of the group.
On Sunday, January 21st, from 2-6pm, we honor the Cuban Divas on the Latin Jazz Show, right here at KCSM Jazz 91.