They’re celebrating Celia Cruz’s azucar at Florida International University.
The Miami-based university has been gifted the Celia Cruz Music Score Collection, which includes 230 long- and short-form musical scores belonging to the iconic Cuban singer.
Celia Cruz Entertainment, who manages the late singer’s materials and intellectual property, donated the collection to the university on behalf of the Celia Cruz Foundation.
The collection will be part of the Díaz Ayala Cuban and Latin American Popular Music Collection at the FIU Libraries, CasaCuba — the university’s center for the celebration of Cuban culture and study of Cuban affairs — and the FIU School of Music will use the collection for educational purposes.
“Celia’s most fervent wish was to ensure her legacy lives on for generations,” said Omer Pardillo Cid, executor of the Celia Cruz Estate. “Donating her original musical scores will provide future students with a unique way to study her repertoire — the way she would have done it.”