Gloria Estefan is a Cuban American singer and songwriter. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and at the age of 16 months, she moved with her mother to Miami, Florida, following the Cuban Revolution. Named the "Queen of Latin Pop", she is in or near the top 100 of best selling music artists with over 90 million albums sold worldwide. With five Grammy Awards and several number one hits she is the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date. In addition to her music career, Estefan has appeared in two movies, Music of the Heart (1999) and For Love or Country.
Gloria Estefan: I would love for anyone who watches the film to take away, first of all, the feeling of where the music came from. There are a lot of African roots in not only Latin music but particularly the Cuban music.
I think that you see the longevity of this genre, the fact that it is still very much alive. And on this record, even though we did a little more fusion than we did on Matera, it is very much roots oriented and people still enjoy it and it still sounds fresh. It is not getting recorded a lot but for us it was a responsibility to preserve, as they have, all these amazing maestros and legends that are on this record as they have spent their lives doing to keep the music alive in its pure form and also, as in my pop career, in that fusion that was who we are, you know, from our homeland and mixed in with this homeland because I feel very much the United States, to me, is also my homeland. So I hope that people realize that music is something that really does transcend many, many different things.
May 2, 2008