“It’s an exciting time for us because Celia cruz fully embraced his African heritage in life and music, which is quite a precursor for his time, âsaid the president and co-founder of AfricaAncestry.com Gina Paige. âWe are proud to support the growing number of people from Latin America, the Caribbean, Canadaetc., turning to us to add “the African” to their identities and legends as Cruz led the way. “
AfricanAncestry.com used its unique MatriClan lineageÂ® test to trace Celia Cruz’s the line of mothers from mother to Balanta people of Guinea-Bissau as a means of honoring Cruz. Celia Cody, the niece and namesake of Cruz provided her DNA by a simple swab of the cheek.
Records show that nearly 600,000 enslaved Africans were brought to Cuba during the transatlantic slave trade. Born in Havana, Cruz often incorporated Yoruban tribal influences into his work as a fearless display of African pride. “We now know that she belongs to the Balanta people – known as ‘those who resist’ – and we are honored to celebrate her legacy in this unprecedented way,” said Paige.
To watch the video Reveal of Celia Cruz’s ancestry, visit AfricanAncestry.com/Remember. Visit www.AfricanAncestry.com for special Black History Month offers throughout February. For press inquiries in English and / or Spanish, contact Daniel Ali To [emailÂ protected].