Celina Gonzalez

Celina Gonzalez

Cuban singer, author and performer of music in the traditional music style "musica campesina"
Date of Birth: 16.03.1928
Country: Cuba

  1. Biography of Celina Gonzales
  2. Early Career
  3. Rise to Fame
  4. Success and Recognition
  5. Solo Career and Awards

Biography of Celina Gonzales

Celina Gonzales was a Cuban singer, songwriter, and performer of traditional "musica campesina" style. She was born in the province of Matanzas and later moved to Santiago de Cuba with her family.

Early Career

Gonzales began performing with various groups and in 1943, she met her future husband and partner Reutilio Dominges. Together, they started performing in Santiago de Cuba and made their debut on the radio station CMKR in 1947.

Rise to Fame

In 1948, singer Nico Saito invited Gonzales and Dominges to Havana, where they performed on the local radio station "Radio Cadena Suaritos." Their debut performance featured the song "A Santa Barbara," co-written by Gonzales and Dominges, which became widely known and popularized by both Gonzales and Celia Cruz.

Success and Recognition

The duo's success on "Radio Cadena Suaritos" led to their invitation to RHC, one of the most prestigious radio stations in the country. They soon became known throughout Cuba and also traveled to New York, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Venezuela. They were featured in two Cuban films, "Rincon Criollo" and "Bella la Salvaje," and were invited to various radio and television shows. They also performed at the famous Tropicana cabaret in Havana.

Solo Career and Awards

In 1964, Gonzales and Dominges separated, and Dominges passed away in 1971. From 1964 to 1980, Gonzales pursued a solo career and later performed with her son, Lazaro Reutilio. She received the "Disco de Plata" award for her album "Celina" in 1980 and the state prize "Vanguardia Nacional" in 1984. In the same year, she won the Best Singer award at the festival in Cali. In 1988, Gonzales recorded for BBC, and in 2004, she was awarded the UNESCO "Golden Picasso" medal. In 2001, she was nominated for a Grammy award for her album "Cincuenta años... como una reina," which won the Cubadisco award.