The singer has worked with Pharrell Williams on her new single 'Wepa', which is out now, and has said that her return to a heavier dance-oriented sound felt very natural.
Speaking to Digital Spy about how she found working on new upbeat material, Estefan explained: "It felt great. I love dance. It's been the core of my career if you go back to 'Conga' and 'Dr Beat' - there has always been some dance elements in my music.
"It feels very natural to me and it's definitely a part of my sound. And it's fun! Especially with Pharrell because it gives it a different take. It's like Latin meets dance through his mind! It was very easy and we just clicked."
When asked what influenced her new single, the 53-year-old responded: "It's inspired by a merengue beat mixed with Pharrell's urban sensibilities.
"The idea is that it's an anthem for everyone, because dancing is something that everyone can participate in - whether you have a dollar or a million, it makes no difference when you're out there sweating and being primal."
Explaining what the meaning behind the single title is, Estefan said: "Wepa doesn't really mean anything. It's kind of an expression like 'woo' or 'hey' - it's a celebratory expression. It's used a lot by Colombians and Puerto Ricans."
Gloria Estefan's 11th studio album Miss Little Havana will be released later this year.
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Listen to Gloria Estefan's new single 'Wepa' below: