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Latin music performers Celia Cruz and Jose Alberto aren’t known for their songwriting or instrumental virtuosity. What the Queen of Latin Music and El Canario do is sing. And they both do it impeccably. The 76-year-old Cruz, who grew up in Cuba one of 14 siblings, started vocalizing as a youngster, earning her first pair of shoes when a tourist heard her sing. After honing her chops serenading younger family members to sleep and singing as part of her academic studies, Cruz got her big break in 1950, when the popular Cuban orchestra La Sonora Matancera chose her to be its new singer. During her 15 years with that ensemble, Cruz demonstrated vocal skills so impressive that they were apparent even to non-Spanish speakers—a booming delivery and adept phrasing no matter what the tempo. Cruz’s subsequent selection of collaborators has helped keep her in the spotlight decades later. She recorded countless albums with the late Tito Puente beginning in the ’60s and has endeared herself to salsa fanatics through her later work with the likes of Larry Harlow and Johnny Pacheco. In recent years Cruz has dueted with the 41-year-old Dominican-born, Puerto Rican-raised Alberto, who established his own reputation as a distinctive vocalist and vibrant showman when he moved to the United States and began performing with various New York and Cuban ensembles in the late ’70s. Cruz and Alberto perform together at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $25. (202) 357-3030. (Steve Kiviat)