Celia & Johnny

“Celia y Johnny,” undoubtedly the most important album in Celia Cruz’s career, opened the doors of success for the famous Cuban singer with the force of a raging bull.

“Quimbara,” a song written by Junior Cepeda (a talented young boricua who died at the tender age of 22, killed by his live-in girlfriend), is almost certainly the most important song performed by Cruz upon her return to the Spanish-speaking market. However, “Toro mata” was also an integral part of her extraordinary success.

Quimbara

Quimbara, quimbara, quma, quimbamba
quimbara, quimbara, quma, quimbamba
quimbara, quimbara, quma, quimbamba
quimbara, quimbara, quma, quimbamba

Hey mamá, hey mamá, hey mamá, hey mamá

La rumba me está llamando bombo dile que ya voy
que se espere un momentico mientras canto un guaguancó
dile que no es un desprecio, pues vive en mi corazón
mi vida es tan sólo eso, rumba buena y guaguancó!

Hey mamá, hey mamá

Quimbara, quimbara, quma, quimbamba
quimbara, quimbara, quma, quimbamba
quimbara, quimbara, quma, quimbamba
quimbara, quimbara, quma, quimbamba

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