Gloria Estefan revisits the Cuban music of her roots on “90 Millas,” her debut album for Sony BMG’s Burgundy Records. Due Sept. 18, the 14-track set is led by the single “No Llores,” which features guitarists Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano and percussionist Sheila E. The track goes to U.S. radio outlets on Monday (June 18).
“90 Millas” is sung entirely in Spanish and boasts contributions from a host of Latin music heavyweights, including India, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Generoso, Cachao Lopez and Johnny Pachecho. “This is Cuban music with a new twist,” says Estefan’s husband Emilio, who produced the album.
Estefan had spent her entire career on Epic before inking with Burgundy, which is also home to America, Aaron Neville and Chaka Khan. “Burgundy had proposed a Cuban album to us even before they knew there was one in the works,” Emilio tells Billboard.
Highlights include the percussion heavy title track, the thumping “Morenita” and the ballad “Esperando,” which is already available on iTunes. Estefan is planning to support the new album with international touring, including a Sept. 15 show at the Las Ventas bull ring in Madrid, but for now is only planning spot date in the United States.
A host of major promotional partnerships are also in the works, as is a tropical remix of “No Llores” with a prominent guest artist to be announced. “We know how difficult it is to sell records now,” Emilio says. “You can’t be predictable.”
Here is the track list for “90 Millas”:
“Yo No Cambiaria”
“Esta Fiesta No Va Acabar”