Caridad Cruz

Steeped in Afro-Cuban culture from an early age and with a formal musical education in her native country, Caridad Cruz made a career as a principal singer in Cuba's tourist hotels and night clubs for more than a decade, until marriage brought her to Canada in late 2003. Her Canadian musical debut the following spring was broadcast nationally by the CBC and her "warm ocean of a voice" was applauded in the Globe and Mail. Since then she has excited and mesmerized audiences with her own special mix of salsa, Latin jazz, and traditional Cuban songs, in Toronto, Montreal, New York and all around Ottawa. "Havana native Caridad Cruz packs a powerful punch," pronounced The Ottawa Citizen. "To really appreciate Caridad Cruz's music, you have to see her perform live."