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Cuba native Gloria Estefan fronted the band Miami Sound Machine. Songs like "Conga" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" topped the charts in the 1980s and 1990s.
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A short biography of Gloria Estefan who brought Latin music into the mainstream with her band the Miami Sound Machine. The group rose to the charts with songs like "Bad Boys," "Conga," and "Coming Out of the Dark."
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Inclusion in this event affirmed her position among the top female singers in the music industry.
Ever the musical superstar, Estefan continues to make albums and to perform for her fans. In recent years, Estefan has found another outlet for her creative talents. She wrote two picture books for children: The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog (2005) and Noelle's Treasure Tale (2006).
On September 18, 2007, singer Gloria Estefan released 90 Millas, a tribute to the music of her native Cuba, which featured a collaboration with musician Carlos Santana. It was her 29th album overall, her eleventh studio solo album and her fourth in Spanish. The album landed Estefan at No. 11 on the Latin Female Artist of the Year chart in 2007.
In 2008, Estefan made a cameo appearance on the television competition "American Idol" with fellow musician Sheila E. That same year, Gloria and her husband collaborated on the cookbook, Estefan Kitchen which featured traditional Cuban recipes.
Most recently, Estefan is planning what she says is her final tour of Latin America and South America, which is scheduled for early 2009.
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