Gloria Estefan - Oye Mi Canto (1989)
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"Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)" is a 1989 song by Gloria Estefan. It was released as a single from Cuts Both Ways, the first ...
"Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)" is a 1989 song by Gloria Estefan. It was released as a single from Cuts Both Ways, the first album branded with Gloria Estefan as a solo-artist, rather than as "Gloria Estefan with Miami Sound Machine". In the U.S., it was the fourth single from the album and was released in April 1990. It was the second single in the U.K., released on September 4, 1989, and throughout Europe in September and October 1989. A latin dance track, the song exemplified some of Estefan's musical roots, much like in the style of her earlier music with Miami Sound Machine, and is much in the style of "Conga" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You". Though the song was only a minor chart hit in the US, it was more successful internationally. Furthermore, Estefan obtained her first MTV Video Music Award for this song for the "International Viewer's Choice Awards" in 1990. The remixes of the song and short editions were created by Pablo Flores, who would go on to remix many other Gloria Estefan recordings, as well as Keith Cohen and David Morales.
AllMusic editor Jason Birchmeier said the song is "club-ready" with its "big late-'80s synth-drum patterns", adding it as a "super" song. Bill Coleman from Billboard wrote, "Pop diva appears primed for club acceptance once again with this undeniably catchy tune, which comes with not only the requisite house mixes, but also English and Spanish versions. Ernest Hardy from Cashbox commented, "Wherein little Gloria gets back in touch with her roots, then has them retouched so they’re palatable to the club crowd. There’s a Def 12", a House Mix, the 12” Pablo Mix and a Spanish version. Because Estefan has such a large following, this will do well regardless, but it has a forced feel to it, with all these mixes, none of which quite ring true." Pip Ellwood-Hughes from Entertainment Focus described it as a "uptempo party track". Music & Media stated that "a bouncy salsa feel and a tough dance beat combine to support Estefan's voice. Latin music has never been a big commercial proposition in Western Europe but songs like this could change all that." People said that the song "seems much looser and much closer to the group’s Latin origins". Pop Rescue described it as "a fantastic foot-tapping latin music song".