The Gloria Estefan interview - Gloria Estefan: Wrapped in Rhythm

2008-11-30 15:15
 
We ask her about hanging out with Stevie Wonder, taking on Madonna and her diverse new sound.

CHANNEL24: "Wrapped" seems to embody your melting pot of Latin American sounds?
GLORIA: To me the song "Wrapped" is really in a nutshell what I wanted to do with this album. It is probably the most traditional folkloric song on the record. It uses a charango, a 10-string Andean guitar. It has Columbian tamboura played by Luis Enrique. He played a kind of fusion of cumbia from Columbia and the chacarada - which is a rhythm from Northern Argentina. So that's also "wrapped" into that song.

CHANNEL24: On "Famous" your take on the celebrity lifestyle is pretty different from say, Madonna's on "Hollywood" -
GLORIA (muses): It had come on the heels of pretty tough experiences we'd had in the past couple of years. It's basically my analysis of fame in a certain way. Some of the lines are tongue in cheek - some are serious. It's up to the listeners to sort out their own meaning for it. Basically it's me questioning, if you look at the first word in each verse it really shows you how I think and how I see life in general. Which is one big question.


While J-Lo, Ricky Martin and Marc Antony may have taken the pop world by storm with their sassy, dance-driven blend of Latino crossover grooves, when it comes to pioneering the Latin pop revolution, Gloria Estefan deserves all the kudos. Having established herself as a household name with Miami Sound Machine back in the 80s and survived a life-threatening tour bus accident in 1990, the 5-time Grammy award winning singer is back with a brand new (largely) English language album, Unwrapped.

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