Private: More about Cruz

In the comments over at TMFTML, Robert Birnbaum points to this article from The Miami Herald about the significance of Cruz’s death for many Cubans in this country:

To Cubans on this side of the Florida Straits, her death is much more than the silencing of one of their homeland’s greatest musical figures.

Celia was the very embodiment of a fabled, nostalgia-hued Cuba, an icon in nine-inch heels and sky-high wigs whose heart always beat to the sway of those long-lost palm trees. Her death represents the shattered hopes of every abuelo and abuela who prayed they’d live long enough to see the end of Fidel Castro.