Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, To Perform At White House

Patricia Didelot - Author

Sep. 13 2013, Updated 8:18 a.m. ET

Ricky Martin is one of many Spanish speaking celebs to perform next week in Washington, D.C. during a concert celebrating Latin music at the White House.

The event, called Música Latina: In Performance at the White House, celebrates the music genre with artists such as Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, and Arturo Sandoval among others.

Performers such as Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Raul Malo, Prince Royce, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz, and Marco Antonio Solís will also be part of the celebration.

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This is not the first time the White House has acknowledged Latin music. In 2009 Jose Feliciano. Thalia, Los Lobos, Marc Anthony, and others performed for the President and First Lady on the South Lawn of the White House at the Fiesta Latina, hosted by Latin actors Eva Longoria, George Lopez, and Jimmy Smits.

This time around the concert will take place indoors, in the East Room of the White House on September 16 and it will air on PBS next month.

Ricky Martin is a Puerto Rico native known for hits such as “Living La Vida Loca” which is a popular dance single, as is “The Cup Of Life” which put him front and center in the American music scene.

He has sold over 70 million albums and is a 95th time platinum recording artist as well as topping the Billboard charts with six of his albums.

Ricky Martin also has under his belt 11 No. 1 singles, two American Music Awards, six Grammy Awards, eight World Music Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards, and eight MTV Music Video Awards.

On the day of the concert the White House will also host the Celebrando El Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music workshop, which will teach school aged children about Latin music and its influence in the world.

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Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and more will salsa their way through the Música Latina: In Performance at the White House on October 8 at 8 pm on PBS.


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