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Gloria Estefan in Concert 10/9/2008

Gloria Estefan in Concert 10/9/2008

Gloria Estefan (born Gloria María Fajardo on September 1, 1957 is a Cuban American singer and songwriter. Named the "Queen of Latin Pop", she is in the top 100 of best selling music artists with over 90 million albums sold worldwide, with 15.5 million of those alone in the United States. She has won five Grammy Awards and had several number one hits on multiple music charts, becoming among the most successful crossover performers in Latin music to date.

Gloria Estefan was 16 months old when she and her mother fled to Miami following the Cuban Revolution. Like most Cuban exiles, Estefan is an ardent opponent of communism in general and of the Castro regime in particular. She has often spoken of her desire for a post-communist Cuba. She was the first pop star invited to perform for the Pope, singing "Más Allá" as part of the celebration of Pope John Paul II's 50th anniversary in the priesthood. When she and John Paul II met, she asked him to pray for a free Cuba. She also supported the unsuccessful effort to keep young Elián González in the United States.

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