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Hispanic Icons: Gloria Estefan

by Monika Fabian

Hispanic Icons: Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan is one of the best-selling artists of all time as well as one of the most successful Latin artists in the United States. Back in the mid-'80s, the Cuban-born performer, producer and entrepreneur, with her band Miami Sound Machine, successfully introduced an infectious and vibrant fusion of Cuban rhythms and dance pop to the masses with hits like "Conga" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You." She solidified her superstar status in the subsequent decade with "Don't Want to Lose You," "Coming Out of the Dark" and her cover of "Turn the Beat Around." A proud Cuban-American, Estefan has built an equally impressive resume of Spanish-language albums and singles, including the salsa "Mi Tierra" and the jovial merengue "Tres Deseos." These days it seems Estefan has retired the synth-y rumba of yore for a more classic songbook, releasing The Standards this month. As we continue celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, let's take a trip through this accomplished performer's three-decade-strong repertoire.

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