Estefan went on to become a Latin crossover superstar, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and winning seven Grammy Awards—way before Shakira or Jennifer Lopez ever shook their bon-bons. Along the way, she survived a near-fatal car crash, raised two children and turned to softer, more ballad-oriented fare. But now Estefan is back with her first all-dance album in 13 years and can once again confidently declare that “the rhythm is gonna get you.”
Produced by Pharrell Williams (Britney Spears), Miss Little Havana, with its emphasis on live horns and Latin beats, celebrates Miami Sound Machine’s signature sound. “It’s time for hoochie coochie,” Estefan sings on the giddy “Hotel Nacional,” one of several references to her birthplace. Tracks like the frenetic “Wepa” and “Let’s Get Loud,” which she originally wrote for J.Lo, crank up the party atmosphere. Estefan’s 16-year-old daughter Emily even shows up to play guitar. With Miss Little Havana, the Queen of Latin Pop is back to show how it’s done.