Sheila E. represents Latin contribution to jazz on the first International Jazz Day

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Sheila E. rehearses at the UN

Drummer Sheila E. is used to sharing the stage with a crowd.

In the 1980s she worked with pop music icon Prince and his multi-member band at the time, known as The New Power Generation.

She also sang on the historic 'We Are the World' record which raised millions of dollars for famine relief, in addition to having her own successful solo career.

But the musician, whose full name is Sheila Escovedo, says she is especially excited to take to the stage at the UN with jazz artists such as pianist Herbie Hancock, trumpeter Hugh Masekela and bassist Esperanza Spalding, to celebrate the first International Jazz Day.

Dianne Penn caught up with Sheila E. at the pre-concert rehearsal and asked how she became involved in this project.

Duration: 2’54″

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