Quimbara by Celia Cruz - Lyrics w/English Translation

This is a lively salsa song performed by Celia Cruz from the island of Cuba. The word “quimbara” is actually not Spanish. It’s believed the word itself has African origin, which demonstrates the diverse roots of salsa music. It’s believed to mean something similar to having a good time, relaxing, and enjoying yourself.

What You Will Learn:

How to Say these Words and Phrases

  • Well…
  • How to form a gerund (words ending in "-ing" in English)
  • How to form the diminutive (words like cutie in English)
  • ...and why Celia Cruz says "¡Azúcar!"

About the instructor

Tamara Marie

Certified Neurolanguage™ Coach

¡Hola! My name is Tamara Marie. I am a language coach trained to help you learn Spanish with brain-friendly methods that accelerate fluency. I speak English (US native), Spanish (advanced), and Brazilian Portuguese (beginner). I am a lifelong learner and love helping people learn languages.