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Heating things up with spicy Latin tunes Havana native Caridad Cruz packs a powerful punch Celeste Mackenzie, The Ottawa Citizen, April 26, 2007

To really appreciate Caridad Cruz's music, you have to see her perform live. She's an entertainer, a crowd pleaser. With her powerful voice and no-holds-barred personality, she knows how to get people up dancing and singing.

"It's the ultimate, when an audience gives energy back through some sort of engagement like clapping, cheering and dancing, and at Caridad's show the audience can't resist the impulse to move," [club owner Paul] Symes said.

Divine vocalizations

By LI ROBBINS Special to The Globe and Mail March 26, 2004 - Page R10

One of the most anticipated performers in the lineup was Caridad Cruz, relative of the late Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz.

Based on this Canadian debut performance, Caridad Cruz seems well on her way to royal status herself, with a warm ocean of a voice that ignited the "house band," Jane Bunnett's Spirits of Havana.

KIDJO BRINGS HEAT BY JASON RICHARDS

ANGELIQUE KIDJO with CARIDAD CRUZ at Harbourfront Centre, June 19, 2004. Tickets: $25. Attendance: 1,000. Rating: NNNN

It was colder than being cool at Harbourfront Centre 's outdoor stage at around 8 pm, when fire- spirited opener Caridad Cruz erupted into life. Stashed in the Latin artist's arsenal was a killer three- piece band, vicious mambo steps driving her voluptuous figure, … and a voice that could easily be confused with that of her namesake, elder Cuban music icon Celia Cruz.

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