Cuban American salsa singer Celia Cruz onstage performing at VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin in New York City in 2001. Cruz is being honored on the U.S. quarter in 2024.
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Celia Cruz performs in New York in 1995. That same year, Deborah Paredez saw her at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom. "Cruz opened her mouth, the band lifted their horns and we came together on the dancefloor," she says.
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USC professor Josh Kun, who joins Alt.Latino for this week's show, is a co-founder of the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, which in 2013 assembled a collection of Latino-Jewish music titled It's A Scream How Levine Does The Rhumba.
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