Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

The song and cabaret star is dead. “I will leave the stage when death comes for me”

Juan Bacallao she died on Saturday, February 24, after a few days in a hospital in Havana. The details were announced in a statement from the local government Ministry of Culture.

Cabaret star Jauana Bacallaoor rather Neri Amelia Martínez Salazar, She was known primarily for her voice, charismatic personality and unusual costumes. In the 1940s and 1950s, she performed in a cult club on the island Tropicanawhere he also appeared Nat King Cole.

“I will never retire. I will stop performing when death comes for me,” she said in 2010 in an interview with the Associated Press.

Her talent was discovered when she was a teenager. It was then that she adopted the stage name Juana Bacallao and became a sensation on the cabaret scene in Cuba. The artist performed alongside other respected artists – Bola de Nieve, Chano Pozo and Benny Moré.

“I know what life is – both wealth and poverty. This is my country. I was born here and I will die here,” she said.