Graciela Grillo Pérez (August 23, 1915 – April 7, 2010), now considered jazz legend, was an Afro-Cuban singer who is credited with paving the way for artists like Celia Cruz and La Lupe. Born in Havana, Perez-Gutierrez began performing with the all-female Orquestra Anacaona. In 1942, she became the first woman to front a major tropical band, singing with the Afro-Cuban orchestra. Her best-known songs include “Esta es Graciela”, “Intimo y Sentimental” and “Esa Soy Yo, Yo Soy Así”.
Salsa has roots that combine elements from both Latin and Afro-Cuban dance styles. Check out this infographic from Arthur Murray Dance Studio of San Jose to learn more about popular dance styles in North America.
Pinner said - Celia Cruz the salsa queen. This Afro-Cuban was a diva! She was the only Afro-Latina I knew while growing up and she embraced her curvy body, while she had everybody dancing their asses off!
Machito (born Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo, February was an influential Latin jazz musician who helped refine Afro-Cuban jazz and create both Cubop and salsa music. He was raised in Havana alongside the singer Graciela, his foster sister.