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Genres: World Music, Pop, Latin Music
Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan was a mainstream pop balladeer and dance music queen who happened to be Latina before taking a surprising turn in Mi Tierra and reclaiming her roots. Singing in Spanish, impeccably prod... more »
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Cuban American singer Gloria Estefan was a mainstream pop balladeer and dance music queen who happened to be Latina before taking a surprising turn in Mi Tierra and reclaiming her roots. Singing in Spanish, impeccably produced and backed by a superb ensemble that includes 79-year-old maestro Israel Lopez "Cachao" on bass (he is only the creator of mambo itself), arranger Juanito Marquez, and singer and percussionst Luis Enrique, Estefan delivers worthy reinterpretations and updates of traditional Afro-Cuban styles. It might be too smooth for traditionalists--who may also object to Estefan's delivery, not that of classic sonera--but as an introduction to the music, it is engaging and the playing of the ensemble is true and impeccable. --Fernando Gonzalez
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Melanie W. (novelwriter) from SURFSIDE BCH, SC
Reviewed on 7/28/2006...
I like her music. However, this album made me a little disappointed.
Yes, it's in Spanish but it's not Cuban Music
Cuban Music Fan | London and Havana | 04/05/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I'm amazed at the number of people who have left comments that this rather soft, middle-of-the-road piece of American pop music is somehow Cuban music. Yes, it's sung in Spanish - and Ms. Estafan's family came from Cuba - but where's the meat? Which Cuban CD sounds anything like this stuff?
Having been a pop singer for many years, Gloria suddenly discovered her Cuban family roots and her parents anti-Castro-ism. I guess it would be too cynical to say if you buy into the American dream, leave your homeland and become an American then there's a musical price to pay....and this rather tepid CD is a testament to that."