15 Old-School Afro-Latina Singers Who Should Be on Your Radar

Sure, we know about “The Queen of Salsa,” Celia Cruz, and that Mariah Carey is Afro-Venezuelan, but there are so many other incredible Afro-Latina singers that made their mark and aren’t celebrated enough in today’s popular culture. They deserve to be recognized. In an effort to highlight the long-neglected history and culture of Afro-Latinas, here are 15 badass, old-school singers who have graced us with their melodic voices and Latina spirit.

Xiomara Alfaro

Xiomara Alfaro

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Havana’s Xiomara Alfaro is a coloratura soprano, known as both “El Ruiseñor de la Canción (The Nightingale of Music)” and “La Alondra de la Cancion (The Lark of Music).” She was big in Cuban music during the 1950s, singing mostly boleros.




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