Famed Cuban Diva Juana Bacallao Passes Away at Age 98, Leaving a Legacy in the Island’s Cabaret Scene

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Juana Bacallao, a distinguished Cuban vocalist and cabaret queen that still executed till lately, has actually passed away. She was 98.

Bacallao passed away Saturday (Feb. 24) after investing numerous days at a health center in Havana, according to a declaration from Cuba’s Ministry of Culture. Officials didn’t state why she was hospitalized.

Bacallao was recognized for her husky voice, risque character and being uncertain, dressed in wigs and lavish outfits. She executed at the renowned Tropicana club in the 1940s and ’50s and sang together with musicians like Nat King Cole.

“I will never retire. I will only stop once death has come for me,” she claimed in a 2010 meeting with The Associated Press.

Born Neri Amelia Martínez Salazar, she was sent out to a Catholic boarding college after coming to be orphaned at 6 years of ages.

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She was uncovered as a teen while vocal singing as she cleansed homes and was offered the name “Juana Bacallao,” coming to be an experience in Cuba’s cabaret scene.

Bacallao executed with celebrities, consisting of vocalist and pianist Bola de Nieve, percussionist Chano Pozo and vocalist Benny Moré.

“I know what life is — both poverty and wealth,” Bacallao informed the AP greater than a years earlier. “This is my land. It is where I was born, and it is where I will die.”



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