Gloria Estefan Reacts to Fidel Castro’s Death: ‘It Can Only Lead to Positive Change’
“Although the death of a human being is rarely cause for celebration, it is the symbolic death of the destructive ideologies that he espoused that, I believe, is filling the Cuban exile community with renewed hope and a relief that has been long in coming,” Cuban-born artist Gloria Estefan wrote on Instagram following the death of former Cuban president and Communist revolutionary Fidel Castro.
Estefan, who left her native country as a child with her family as a result of Castro’s dictatorship, and whose her father was jailed for two years after fighting in the Bay of Pigs, shared a powerful and poignant reflection after Castro’s death was confirmed Friday (Nov. 25) by Cuban president Raúl Castro.
Earlier this year, the “Mi tierra” singer said in a video interview for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum that she didn’t plan on going back to Cuba anytime soon to perform.
“I can’t get on a stage with a million Cubans in front of me and not say something. I don’t want to look at Che Guevara watching me while I sing ‘Mi Tierra’ or ‘Cuba Libra,’ which is a joke, and leave the people in the same situation as they are,” she said. “I don’t wan to go to a restaurant where the Cubans don’t have the right to go and eat. I don’t want to go and have a vacation in a place where the people that live in that country can’t enjoy the same things that I can as a Cuban exile. It’s very tough for me, and my father sacrificed a lot and I really, I can’t do it personally. But I am great with anybody going and really trying to push that a little further open.”