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Celia Cruz performs in 1987

Celia Cruz's Manager on What Fidel Castro's Death Would Mean to Her: Exclusive

When Celia Cruz set foot on Guantánamo Bay to perform for American troops in 1990, 30 years after she left her beloved Cuba, she knelt, kissed the ground and said: “I have kissed the earth in name of all the Cubans in exile.” Cruz’s longtime manager and estate trustee Omer Pardillo Cid, 44, himself a Cuban exile from a different generation, spoke exclusively with Billboard about what Fidel Castro’s death would have meant for Cruz.
Celia Cruz performs in 1987

Celia Cruz's Manager on What Fidel Castro's Death Would Mean to Her: Exclusive

When Celia Cruz set foot on Guantánamo Bay to perform for American troops in 1990, 30 years after she left her beloved Cuba, she knelt, kissed the ground and said: “I have kissed the earth in name of all the Cubans in exile.” Cruz’s longtime manager and estate trustee Omer Pardillo Cid, 44, himself a Cuban exile from a different generation, spoke exclusively with Billboard about what Fidel Castro’s death would have meant for Cruz.