July 16 is a very particular day for Salsa music. Eight years ago, Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa, passed away in New Jersey. Sixty three years ago, Ruben Blades, one of the best Salsa singers in history, was born in Panama. Through death and life, Salsa music remembers today two of its most legendary artists.
Celia Cruz left a permanent imprint in Latin music. This year, her unforgettable smile was featured in a USPS stamp collection honoring Latin music legends. Throughout her career, she produced some of the most enduring songs in Salsa music.
On the other hand, Ruben Blades was one of the leading voices that shaped the whole Salsa movement in New York along stars like Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe. His songs are charged with a message that has always questioned the world around us. His hit song "Pedro Navaja" is still regarded by many as one of the greatest Salsa songs ever produced.
Through the never ending cycle of life and death, Latin music celebrates today the musical legacy of Celia Cruz and Ruben Blades.
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