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Gloria Estefan – ‘I Can’t Stand on a Stage in Cuba’

Gloria Estefan: ‘I Can’t Stand on a Stage in Cuba’
By Richard Horgan on Jun. 3, 2016 – 1:30 PM4

The latest SiriusXM “Leading Ladies” conversation won’t repeat until
Friday June 10 (at noon E.T., on Channel 109). But following the June 2
live stream and to further whet the appetite, the satellite network has
shared a few excerpts.

Singer Gloria Estefan, when asked by Larry Flick if she would consider
returning to Cuba to perform in concert, stressed that it’s complicated.
Her father fought in the Bay of Pigs, and life in the wake of the Dec.
2014 normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations is still pretty miserable:

“The Castro government, with this opening, has actually created and made
the Cuban citizens second-class citizens, in their own home. The
tourists can go and do things, Cuban exiles can go and enjoy the things
in Cuba, that the people that live there cannot enjoy or afford, and
won’t be able to for a long time…”

“You can go to a pharmacy for that has everything. A Cuban
pharmacy has nothing.”
Estefan, who was born in Havana Sept. 1, 1957, stated she can’t imagine
standing on a stage in Cuba and staring out at images of Che Guevera and
, while these conditions persist. She also expressed
concerns that an appearance could trigger . (At the same time,
Estefan stressed that she has no problem with other performers who
choose to now play in Cuba.)

Source: Gloria Estefan: ‘I Can’t Stand on a Stage in Cuba’ | FishbowlNY

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