Mi Tierra
Gloria Estefan

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De mi tierra bella
De mi tierra santa
From by beautiful homeland, from my holy homeland

Oigo ese grito de los tambores; y los timbales al cumbanchar
I hear the cry of the drums and the timbales partying

y ese pregón que canta un hermano
que de su tierra vive lejano
y que el recuerdo le hace llorar
una canción que vive entonando
de su dolor de su propio llanto
y se le escucha penar

And a refrain is sung by a brother who loves far from his homeland; And the memories make him cry, the song that he sings springs from; his pain and his own tears... and we can hear him cry...

Coro:
La tierra te duele
La tierra te da
en medio del alma, cuando tú no estás.
la tierra te empuja de raíz y cal
la tierra suspira si no te ve más.

Your homeland hurts you, your homeland strikes your soul when you're gone; Your homeland pushes you forth from its roots; your homeland sighs when you're not there.

(pregón) La tierra donde nacistes no la puedes olvidar,
porque tiene tus raices y lo que dejas atrás

The land where you were born, you can never forget Because it holds your roots, and everything you've left behind

La tierra te duele
La tierra te da
en medio del alma, cuando tú no estás.
Your homeland hurts you, your homeland strikes your soul when you're gone

Siguen los pregones, la melancolía
The refrains continue, as does the melancoly;

y cada noche junto a la luna
sigue el guajiro entonando el son
y cada calle que va a mi pueblo
tiene un quejido, tiene un lamento,
tiene nostalgia como su voz.

And each night by the light of the moon the country boy sings his s-o-n-g; And each street that leads to my village, has a cry, a lament; It has a nostalgia, like its voice.

Y esa canción que sigue entonando,
corre en la sangre y sigue llegando,
con más fuerza al corazón.

 And the song that keeps repeating, flows in my blood, ever stronger, on its way to my heart

La tierra te duele
La tierra te da
en medio del alma, cuando tú no estás.
la tierra te empuja de raíz y cal
la tierra suspira si no te ve más.

Your homeland hurts you, your homeland strikes your soul when you're gone; Your homeland pushes you forth from its roots; your homeland sighs when you're not there.

Tiene un quejido...¡mi tierra!
It has a cry...my homeland...

tiene un lamento... ¡mi tierra!
it has a lament...my homeland...

nunca la olvido... ¡mi tierra!
la llevo en mi sentimiento, ¡si señor!
I'll never forget her... my homeland; I carry her in my emotions, yes sir!;

oigo ese grito...mi tierra
I hear her cry...my homeland

vive el recuerdo...mi tierra
the memories live on...my homeland

corre en mi sangre...mi tierra
She flows through my blood...my homeland

la llevo por dentro ¡como no!
canto de mi tierra bella y santa,
sufro ese dolor que hay en su alma,
aunque estoy lejos yo la siento
y un día regreso yo lo sé.

I carry her inside me, yes indeed!; I sing of my homeland, beautiful and holy; I suffer the pain that's in her soul; Although I'm far away I can feel her, And I'll return one day, I know it.

Siguen los pregones...mi tierra
The refrains continue... my homeland

la melancolía...mi tierra
as does the melancholy... my homeland

y cada noche junto a la luna
sigue el guajiro entonando el son
y cada calle que va a mi pueblo
tiene un quejido, tiene un lamento,
la nostalgia de su voz.
Me llega con fuerza al corazón

And each night by the light of the moon the country boy sings his s-o-n-g; And each street that leads to my village, has a cry, a lament; The nostalgia of its voice, comes back to me really hard in my heart.

La tierra te duele
La tierra te da
en medio del alma, cuando tú no estás.
la tierra te empuja de raíz y cal
la tierra suspira si no te ve más.

Your homeland hurts you, your homeland strikes your soul when you're gone; Your homeland pushes you forth from its roots; your homeland sighs when you're not there.


Sony (1993)

Written about Gloria Estefan's homeland, Cuba

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Aria's Pick! 
Up Close and Personal:

Gloria Estefan    (22 Sept 1961)
née Gloria María Fajardo

The Queen of Latin Pop, an international superstar, Gloria Estefan is an exemplary and highly entertaining Cuban/Miami Sound Machine!

Gloria Estefan, born in Havana, Cuba, is a five-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban American singer-songwriter and one of the most widely acclaimed musical stars to emerge in the 1980's.

"Her single "Don't Wanna Lose You" (1989) was certified Platinum in the U.S. and reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. Gloria also has number one hits on the pop, dance, adult contemporary, latin and salsa charts."

"Estefan is one of the world’s most recognized popular music artists. With over 90 million albums sold worldwide, she is the single most successful crossover performer in Latin music history. She is one of the Best selling music artists of all time."

Gloria is known for her philanthropy and she has earned merits in various arenas:  the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (highest award that can be given to a naturalized U.S. citizen), the Hispanic Heritage Award, an MTV Video Music Award, two cable television ACE Awards,  the 1993 National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year award, American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, an honorary doctoral degree in music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, an honorary law degree from Barry University in

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Miami, an honorary doctoral degree in music from the University of Miami, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Medallion of Excellence for Community Service,  and Musicares Person of the Year in 1994.

Gloria has been honored twice by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and both her and her husband, Emilio Estefan, have received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Genre: Pop music, rock music, pop rock, dance-pop, Latin pop, dance music

Up Close and Personal:

Marc Anthony    (16 Sept 1968)
née Marco Antonio Muñiz

Multi-talented artist, actor, singer, the biggest-selling salsa artist of all time! 1

Marc Anthony is an American singer-songwriter and actor of Puerto-Rican parentage who has achieved  great fame in Latin America for his salsa music and romantic ballads and has since managed to cross over to the English speaking audience via his pop hits and acting.

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"At age 12, Anthony and his sister were discovered by David Harris, a producer of demos and commercials; Anthony was hired to sing background on several productions. His songwriting skills became evident, and an early composition, "Boy, I've Been Told," became a Top 40 hip-hop hit for school friend Safire."

 Anthony subsequently sang background vocals on Safire's debut album. He also sang on albums by the Latin Rascals and Menudo. Teaming with producer and disc jockey Little Louie Vega, Anthony recorded his debut album, When the Night Is Over, in 1991. The Latin hip-hop-style album, which featured guest appearances by Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri, included the single "Ride on the Rhythm," which reached the top slot on Billboard's dance music charts"

"On November 22, 1991, Anthony was the opening act on a show at Madison Square Garden that celebrated Puente's 100th album release."

"With his fourth album, Contra la Corriente, Anthony began working with producer/arranger Angel "Cucco" Peña, and it won the 1999 Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Performance."

"A self-titled English-language album released in 1999 was an overt attempt at crossing over to the mainstream, and it did reach the Top Ten of the main Billboard album chart, with "I Need to Know" peaking at number three."

"While 2002's Mended was an even greater commercial success, Anthony continued to release Spanish-language albums that were closer to his roots, like 2001's Libre and 2004's Amar sin Mentiras. His profile was only raised by starring as Héctor Lavoe in 2007's El Cantante, which co-starred his wife, Jennifer Lopez." ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide 2

Genre: Latin, Salsa, Pop, Latin pop

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