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Gloria Estefan: How I Found My Voice

Gloria Estefan reflects on her path to musical success and fame in this live recording of our award-winning podcast

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Gloria Estefan is one of the most successful female singers ever. With more than 120 million records sold worldwide, three Grammy Awards, and a career spanning four decades, she has helped make Latin-flavoured pop music an international success. Estefan is also the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From fleeing Cuba as a young child when it fell under Castro’s control, narrowly escaping death in a bus accident aged 32, to marrying her first boyfriend, who was also the founder of her first band Miami Sound Machine, she has lived a remarkable life.

In this exclusive live podcast recording of the award-winning How I Found My Voice, presented by Samira Ahmed, Estefan reflected on her path to musical success and fame. Other guests in this podcast series include Margaret Atwood, Michael Palin, Richard Branson and Rose McGowan.



Gloria Estefan

Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress

Cuban-American singer, songwriter, and actress. With more than 120 million records sold and 38 Number 1 hits across the Billboard charts, she is one of the most successful female singers ever. She has won three Grammy Awards, received the Presidential Medal of Honor, and in 2017 became the first Cuban-American to receive the Kennedy Center Honors recognising her contributions to American culture. Her latest album, Brazil305, sees her reimagine her greatest hits with Brazilian rhythms.

Samira Ahmed

Journalist, writer and broadcaster

One of the most recognised voices in British broadcasting. Her work spans news and the arts – from working as a reporter and presenter on Channel 4 News to presenting the Proms. She presents Front Row on BBC Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC One.


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