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Known as the Cuban diva, Albita graces audiences with her Cuban renditions of dance and soul. Her songs most often reflect her life experiences, as in her song "Que Manera de Quererte," and her album Dicen Que, translated as "They Say That." She performs worldwide, with ballets and orchestras, and sings annually at the Miami City Ballet. Born Albita Rodriguez in Havana, Cuba, Albita grew up around musicians. Both her parents were popular musicians in Cuba singing punto and guajaro, a simple Cuban style of music. Her early childhood toys included bongos and claves. She began her musical career performing throughout Havana in nightclubs and for concerts. She made her television debut on Cuba's variety show Palmas y Canas. The inspiration for her songs came from her own personal experiences as well as what was happening in Cuba at the time. Her first Cuban release in 1988 was on the Egrem record label. The hit, "Habra Musica Guajira" ("There Will Be Guajira Music"), recounts her mission to re-create the sounds of authentic Cuban music. Another hit on the album, titled "Son de Tahurete," recounts the period during which Cuba was fighting for independence from Spain. The type of music Albita has identified herself with throughout her career is son, a mixture of African and European musical styles. In 1992, Albita furthered her musical career by traveling to Colombia. With her manager Miriam Wong, Albita signed a four-year contract to record and perform in Latin America. Her song "Hoy No Voy A Trabajar" ("Today I'm Not Going to Work") was among the hits that made her an international star. Cutting short her stay in Latin America, Albita went to Mexico in 1993 and continued on into the United States. Albita's stay in the United States has produced much success. Her career began in the restaurant Centro Vasco where such musicians as Madonna and Gloria Estefan came to see her. In 1995 Albita released her first U.S. album titled No Se Parce a Nada ("Unlike Anything Else"). She released her second album on the Crescent Moon/Epic record label. Titled Dicen Que, the album combines traditional Cuban styles, as well as Baroque and African styles. Her songs are still written from her personal experiences. The song "Dicen Que" is a reflection of her Cuban heritage using vocabulary and phrases that are unique to the Cuban way of speaking. During her first year on tour in the United States, Albita opened for the Cuban jazz musician Arturo Sandoval. The two began a musical friendship. He performed trumpet for the song "Hoy No Voy a Trabajar." Her tours in the United States mainly center around Miami because it "has the most prominent and influential Cuban community in this country," according to Albita. Albita chose her musical style with her homeland in mind, singing of the traditions and the yesteryear of Cuba. Her music not only appeals to young listeners for its upbeat style but also to older audiences because of the messages her songs convey. ~ Kim Summers
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  2.   Que Manera de Quererte
  3.   Homenaje a Benny More
  4.   El Chico Chevere
  5.   No Se Parece a Nada
  6.   Dicen Que Tu Amor
  7.   Quien le Prohibe
  8.   Que Culpa Tengo Yo
  9.   Loca by Ednita Nazario
  10.   Soy Una Mujer
  11.   Mirame, Rózame, Amame
  12.   Son del Organo Oriental
  13.   Changüi de Alto Songo featuring Donato Póveda
  14.   Seis Lindas Cubanas featuring Donato Póveda
  15.   Tócame con un Beso
  16.   Y No Tengo Guano
  17.   País Tropical by Alexandre Pires
  18.   Hermosa Habana/Hoy La Habana Se Acuerda de Ti featuring Donato Póveda
  19.   Un Solo Beso
  20.   Me Derrito
  21.   Bolero Para Nostalgiar
  22.   Rie Rie
  23.   Mis Tacones
  24.   Que Bueno Cuando No Hay Nada
  25.   Santa Isabel de Las Lajas featuring Donato Póveda
  26.   No Provoques
  27.   Soy Una Mujer y Estoy Aquí
  28.   Año Nuevo, Vida Nueva
  29.   Carnavales de Oriente featuring Donato Póveda
  30.   Solo Porque Vivo
  31.   Yo Tengo un Ave Blanca
  32.   Canto Para Una Sirena
  33.   Boleros
  34.   Yo Soy La Rumba
  35.   Mi Guaguanco
  36.   Cumbanchero
  37.   Canción Para Cantar A Veces
  38.   Tocamela
  39.   Hoy No Voy a Trabajar
  40.   Privilegio
  41.   Yo No Quiero Que Me Faltes Nunca
  42.   Reflexiones
  43.   El Besito
  44.   A Quien Le Importa
  45.   Se Te Cayo el Tabaco
  46.   La Vaca Mariposa (El Becerrito) by Rafael "Pollo" Brito
  47.   Mis Congas
  48.   Las Cumbias
  49.   Caliente
  50.   Carnavales De Oriente
  51.   Por Si Acaso No Regreso by Celia Cruz
  52.   Que Me Den
  53.   El Caballero Y La Doncella by Gilberto Santa Rosa
  54.   Conozca a Cuba Primero featuring Donato Póveda
  55.   Como Si Fueras Mar
  56.   La Ciudad Esta Dificil Sin Ti
  57.   Son Sin Concepto
  58.   Azúca' Pa' Tu Amargura
  59.   Una Mujer Como Yo
  60.   Ta' Bueno Ya
  61.   Valga el Brillo de Tus Ojos
  62.   El Son del Tahurete
  63.   Habra Musica Guajira
  64.   Descarga
  65.   L-O-V-E
  66.   La Esperanza
  67.   Fiesta Pa'Los Rumberos
  68.   Parranda, Laúd Y Son
  69.   Vendo
  70.   Si Nos Llegamos a Amar
  71.   Angelitos Negros
  72.   Para Que Me Beses Tu
  73.   I Love You Miami
  74.   Beso Malo
  75.   Me Voy Pa' Pinar del Rio featuring Donato Póveda
  76.   Corazón Rumbero
  77.   Libre
  78.   Un Son Para Sancti Spiritus featuring Donato Póveda
  79.   I Wanna Party
  80.   Tengo Hambre
  81.   Ay Mi Barrio
  82.   Frutas del Caney
  83.   Frutas del Caney featuring Donato Póveda
  84.   F C S
  85.   Marianao featuring Donato Póveda
  86.   Háblenme de Jatibonico featuring Donato Póveda
  87.   America
  88.   Una Mujer Que Canta
  89.   Todo lo Que Tu Quieras
  90.   Popurri Cubano
  91.   Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao
  92.   Tumba Catao y Pon Quinque
  93.   Quien Pero Quien
  94.   Madrecita
  95.   Que Viva Chango by Willy Chirino
  96.   Santo-Spiritus
  97.   Como Hay Gente en La Calle
  98.   Voy Pa' Pinar Del Rio
  99.   El Amor Llego
  100.   El Colibri
  101.   Tanta Lucha Pa' Que
  102.   Ave Maria
  103.   El Resto de Mis Días
  104.   Me Voy Pa' Pinar del Río
  105.   Cienfuegos featuring Donato Póveda
  106.   Perdón
  107.   Ven a Verme
  108.   Décimas Infieles
  109.   Si No Fuera Por Ti (Duo Con Amaur)
  110.   El Amor Legó
  111.   La Vie En Rose
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