Salsa star to make the BX her final home

(07/21/03) THE BRONX - Salsa star Celia Cruz will be laid to rest Tuesday at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx and she's not the first Latin performer to choose the borough as a final resting place.

Miguel Amadeo, who has been in the music industry for more than 40 years in the Bronx, says Latin stars such as Machito, Palmeri, Vicentico Valdez and La Lupe were all buried in the Bronx. Tito Puente was also laid to rest in the Bronx at St. Raymond's Cemetery.

Amadeo says salsa was derived from the different mixtures of music the late performers brought to the Bronx. That's how the Bronx became known as el condado de la salsa, the borough of salsa music.

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