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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Gloria Estefan: Sangre Yoruba

Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Gloria Estefan (pictured) takes a musical journey through Africa, Brazil and Cuba to explore how the music of these places has influenced her own musical heritage in GREAT PERFORMANCES “Gloria Estefan: Sangre Yoruba.”
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Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Gloria Estefan (pictured) takes a musical journey through Africa, Brazil and Cuba to explore how the music of these places has influenced her own musical heritage in GREAT PERFORMANCES “Gloria Estefan: Sangre Yoruba.”

Stream or tune in Friday, July 9, 2021 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, July 11 at 2 p.m. on KPBS 2 + Monday, July 12 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

A behind-the-scenes look at Brazilian music and Latin jazz with Gloria Estefan and Tony Succar’s “Raíces Jazz Orchestra”

This July, GREAT PERFORMANCES explores Brazilian music and Latin jazz in two new documentaries:

Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Gloria Estefan takes a musical journey through Africa, Brazil and Cuba to explore how the music of these places has influenced her own musical heritage in GREAT PERFORMANCES “Gloria Estefan: Sangre Yoruba,” premiering Friday, July 9 at 9 p.m. on KPBS 2.

The program journeys through three of Brazil’s most influential cities, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Salvador, with Estefan as narrator and host, discussing the history of Samba and its many variations.

Featuring regional celebrities like Maria Rita, Carlinhos Brown and Jorge Aragão, the documentary looks at the African origins of Brazilian music and specific sites that have inspired artists around the world, including the Bay of All Saints and the Christ the Redeemer statue.

Next Week:

Produced by two-time Latin GRAMMY-winning producer Tony Succar, GREAT PERFORMANCES “Roots of Latin Jazz” reveals the unity between jazz music and Latin culture. Showcasing original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards, such as “Eye of the Hurricane” by Herbie Hancock and “Mas que Nada” by Jorge Ben, the film features GRAMMY-winning artists Richard Bona and Anaadi, among others. Location sequences capture the vibrancy of cities in the U.S., Peru, Spain, Brazil and Cuba.

GRAMMY nominee Sheila E. hosts “Roots Of Latin Jazz,” which examines the variety of Latin American music with the “Raíces Jazz Orchestra,” featuring two-time Latin GRAMMY-winning producer Tony Succar and musician, producer and educator Dr. Pablo Gil. The documentary premieres Friday, July 16 at 10 p.m. on KPBS 2.

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The episode will be available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video App, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

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Credits:

“Gloria Estefan: Sangre Yoruba" is a production of Sony Music Latin directed by Lourival Rodriguez and co-directed by Vytenis Didziulis, produced by Maricel Zambrano and Lourival Rodriguez with Afo Verde, Alex Gallardo, Ruben Leyva, Erick Douat, Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan as executive producers.

“Roots Of Latin Jazz” is co-directed by Tony Succar and David Rousseau, produced by Tony Succar with Donald H. Thoms as executive producer For Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES, Luis Ortiz is managing director and Sandie Viquez Pedlow is executive producer. For GREAT PERFORMANCES, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and David Horn is executive producer.