Music icon Gloria Estefan, her daughter, Emily Estefan, and her niece Lili Estefan spoke to TODAY about Hispanic Heritage Month and teased the upcoming new episodes of their Fb Watch present, “Pink Desk Discuss: The Estefans,” the place they speak about vital present points.
Estefan, 64, whose household left Cuba when she was 2 years previous, mentioned that rising up in “essentially the most Cuban of households” in Miami was “a really Latin expertise” regardless of being in america.
“The entire concept was that (my household) was going to return,” the Miami Sound Machine performer mentioned. “That was the plan, that was the expectation, so my mom actually clung to every little thing. We spoke solely Spanish in the home … After which as we noticed the possibilities dwindling of us ever going again, it was much more vital for us to be immersed in that tradition. Loads of the tradition got here right here.”
Estefan mentioned that as she grew up, her household moved round quite a bit due to her father’s place within the military. At one level, they left Miami to go to San Antonio, Texas, the place she was “the one Hispanic scholar in school.”
“In my house I at all times felt very proud to be Cuban, after which as soon as I got here (again) to Miami, I did not really feel like an different,” Estefan mentioned. She mentioned that as her circle of relatives grew, it was vital to proceed these traditions at house: Her youngsters realized Spanish and Arabic, in homage to her husband’s household, and she or he at all times ready meals that tied to each of their cultures.
Emily Estefan, 26, mentioned that her mom is “consistently constructing bridges” and credited her mom’s work and Miami’s affect to her robust attachment to her Cuban heritage.
“Miami is a wonderful, magical place,” Emily mentioned. “It nearly feels such as you’re not in america … It is simply unbelievable that we’re within the place to have the ability to have a good time our tradition. As any person born in america, who has by no means touched Cuban soil, I communicate fluent Spanish, I had an unimaginable relationship to my grandparents, and an unimaginable connection to my tradition that I will move to my children and it is going to proceed to be very alive in them. That is the great thing about our Latino tradition.”
Gloria Estefan, whose work has at all times targeted on the music and dance of Cuba, mentioned that seeing america do extra to acknowledge its Hispanic and Latino populations has touched her.
“First we had Hispanic Heritage Day, then per week, and now now we have a month,” Estefan mentioned. “It is fantastic to have a good time the contributions of the immigrants who’ve made this nation. … We make plenty of contributions to this nation and hopefully it’ll continue to grow.”
Gloria Estefan mentioned that it has additionally been vital to look at “Latino success tales” develop in america’ common tradition, particularly as a result of she as soon as advocated for brand new expertise like Shakira.
“I personally fought exhausting to have Shakira launch (2001 album “Laundry Service”) in English, as a result of the file firm needed her to only put a few songs in English on a Spanish-language file, and I assumed that might have been an enormous mistake, and she or he ended up … promoting over 13 million albums,” Estefan recalled. “It is good for us to proceed to assist our trade, however that work is not over.”
“We see flashes of Latino success tales, however we have to hold that within the combine, as a result of have a look at the (2021) Emmys,” Estefan continued. “There have been only a few folks of colour or tasks of that nature nominated. It is vital that we assist our Latino artists, who’re so proficient and so vital, that they be represented in artwork as they’re in life, and that is going to be a wrestle that now we have to proceed by way of the years.”
Lili Estefan, a mannequin and tv star, who lived in Cuba till she was 13, mentioned that she has seen the tv trade change “tremendously” up to now 30 years.
“The trade has made super headway and opened up,” mentioned Lili, 54, who has hosted the Spanish information present “El Gordo y La Flaca” since 1998. “There may be more room for Latinos, there are extra roles which have been written for us, however we nonetheless have an extended solution to go. For the primary time, now we have a Latina Cinderella, and now we have to be happy with that.”
The household mentioned that on “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” they’re excited to the touch on vital points, like colorism within the Latino neighborhood, sexual abuse and extra. Estefan mentioned that the present will characteristic consultants and company who can speak about their very own opinions and experiences.
“Lots of people come to me for recommendation and what I find yourself doing is simply having a dialog with them and speaking and providing questions, and that is what we’re making an attempt to do with our present,” mentioned Estefan. “We provide the questions and discuss in regards to the alternative ways to react and the totally different variations of these solutions.”
Estefan mentioned that she by no means needs to push recommendation on different folks, however she did share some phrases of knowledge for these seeking to make their mark within the music trade – or every other discipline.
“There may be the web; you possibly can take issues into your individual fingers,” Estefan mentioned. “It’s a must to be affected person … and stick with your id as an artist. Imagine in your self, as a result of all people is at all times going to inform you ‘No,’ and you’ll’t hearken to that.”
Emily mentioned that rising up round such a powerful and bold perspective helped her develop her personal profession. Whereas she acknowledged that she has “grown up with plenty of privilege” due to her mother and father’ affect within the music world, she mentioned that watching Gloria and Emilio Estefan stand by their imaginative and prescient made it simpler to try this herself – and made it simpler for different Hispanic performers in music.
“My mother and father are the mannequin of people who find themselves holding the door open,” Emily mentioned.
Lili mentioned that studying from her aunt and uncle’s “unimaginable” work ethic helped her break into her personal discipline, and taught her the right way to persevere.
“It’s a must to comply with your goals. It is vital to not surrender or get discouraged,” Lili mentioned. “It’s a must to have position fashions within the trade and be taught from their work ethic.”
“Keep robust, keep targeted in your imaginative and prescient,” Estefan continued. “Do not change it for anybody else. On a regular basis, they might inform me ‘Do away with the horns, do away with the percussion, you are by no means going to have the ability to compete with such a ‘Latin’ sound,’ and we’d say ‘However that is who we’re.'”