Celia Cruz - La Reina
I went to her public wake back in 2003. I stood in line for 3 hours in downtown Miami in the summer. It was the most amazing show of love and admiration for a person I have ever experienced. There were random guys in the corners playing traditional Afro-Cuban and Santo songs. Banners, pictures, and people randomly bursting into song. I mean, imagine over 100 people, all total strangers, grouped together and singing “El Yerbero Moderno”. Holy shit, man.
I grew up listening to her music. I was even tricked by my uncle when I was a little kid that this goddess was my aunt. Man, I told everyone in kindergarten the next day.
A beautiful woman with a beautiful soul.