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“If you want to do the conga, you’ve got to listen to the beat”

Polyrhythmic Cuban dance funk. “Shake your body baby.” A hundred drums, a hundred horns, a hundred lines of a hundred dancers. This is “We’re going to party till we see the break of day” music.

The Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan had become one of the biggest acts in the world by the late 80’s, having sold something like 80 million records worldwide. And you can see here why they reversed the names a few years after she joined. They were one of the first major Latin acts to get the music industry’s attention, including being the first to ever chart on Billboard’s Pop, Latin, Soul and Dance charts at the same time. All the Lopez’s, Iglesias’s and Shakira’s of the world had the doors kicked open by this Latin singing & dancing fireball.

I bet you can’t karaoke this chorus stone cold sober — let alone sing it in something other than your native language. Estefan was born in Cuba, her family escaped to America during the Revolution, and she joined the Miami Sound Machine dance band in 1984 when she was 27.  Two albums later the local band was playing stadiums all over the world.

MSM had been touring since Conga exploded in ’85, including an intensive 18-month world tour that wrapped up with this "Homecoming Concert" back in Miami.  Brilliantly and luckily, it was filmed. Many players drifted away during the hiatus that followed, but this was pretty much the original all-star line-up, making this a valuable document of a globally influential band at the practiced peak of their performance powers.

In case you can’t catch it all, and wanna sing along,

Come on, shake your body baby,
do the conga
I know you can't control yourself any longer
Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger
Don't you fight it till you've tried it
Do the conga


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The rhythm is gonna get you on Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine’s Homecoming Concert! Recorded live in Miami, this dazzling set features 19 of the band’s best hip-shakers, from Conga and 1-2-3 to Bad Boy and Dr. Beat.

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Conga on Wikipedia
Single by Miami Sound Machine
from the album Primitive Love
B-side"Mucho Money"
ReleasedSeptember 3, 1985 (1985-09-03)
Writer(s)Enrique E. Garcia
Miami Sound Machine singles chronology

"Conga" is the first hit single released by the American band Miami Sound Machine led by Gloria Estefan on their second English language album, and ninth overall, Primitive Love. The song was written by the band's drummer and lead songwriter Enrique Garcia. The single was first released in 1985.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Commercial performance
  • 3 Music video
  • 4 Cover versions
  • 5 Formats and track listings
  • 6 Charts
    • 6.1 Weekly charts
    • 6.2 Year-end charts
  • 7 Certifications
  • 8 Release history
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links


The single was released in 1985 (see 1985 in music) and became a worldwide hit, reaching #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and winning the Grand Prize at the 15th annual "Tokyo Music Festival" in Japan.

The single was certified Gold by the RIAA in the U.S. for shipments of 500,000 copies.[1]

"Conga" was re-recorded as a new remix in 2001, including samples of "Dr. Beat" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" and was released on Estefan's fourth compilation album. This new song was released as a promo single in Spain and titled "Y-Tu-Conga."

Commercial performance

"Conga" became a worldwide success and is recognized as the Miami Sound Machine and Gloria Estefan's signature song. The single reached the top ten in various countries, including the United States and the Netherlands. The song was a minor hit in the United Kingdom, where the attention was based more on the single "Bad Boy". In Billboard magazine's year-end chart in 1986, "Conga" finished at #40.[2]

Music video

The video is set in the New York City night club "Copacabana", hosting a reception for an unspecified ambassador. After a piano rendition, the Miami Sound Machine is announced as the next featured act (though Gloria insists the setting is not appropriate for the song.) The more upbeat song becomes a hit.

Cover versions

  • Charo, in her 1988 concert at Bally's in Reno.[3]
  • La Toya Jackson, in her 1989 concert at Bally's in Reno.
  • The Barrio Boyzz, on the 1993 album Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.
  • Sammi Cheng, a Hong Kong female singer, in her 2009-2010 tour Love Mi.
  • George Lam, a Hong Kong male singer, into single 阿Lam日記, in his 1986 album 最愛.
  • Japanese Guitarists Issei Noro of Casiopea, Masahiro Andoh of T-Square, and Hirokuni Korekata of KORENOS, As a band called Ottottrio, covered "Conga" on their Live Album, "Super Guitar Session Red Live", released in 1989.
  • The Chipettes covered this song for the Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture album and for the Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked film. This version is mashed with Yolanda Be Cool featuring DCUP's "We No Speak Americano". Alvin and the Chipmunks later covered the song in full for the 2015 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and its soundtrack.
  • The Broadway cast of On Your Feet! sing "Conga" during Act 1.

Formats and track listings

Original versions

  1. "Conga" (album version) – 4:14
  2. "Conga" (dance mix) – 6:06
  3. "Conga" (instrumental version) – 4:14


  1. "Conga" (European remix/the stronga-conga remix) – 4:24
  2. "Conga 25" – 3:58

U.S. vinyl 7" single ()

  1. "Conga" (album version)
  2. "Mucho Money" (album version)

U.S. vinyl 12" single ()

  1. "Conga" (dance mix)
  2. "Conga" (instrumental version)

Europe vinyl 12" single ()

  1. "Conga" (dance mix)
  2. "Conga" (instrumental version)
  3. "Mucho Money" (album version)

Holland vinyl 7" single ()

  1. "Conga" (European remix/the stronga-conga remix)
  2. "Mucho Money" (album version)


  1. ^ "American single certifications – Estefan, Gloria & Miami Sound – Conga". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 1, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ a b Conga (Single - 1985/1986)
  3. ^
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 199. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 26 June 1988.
  5. ^
  6. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  7. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  8. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Miami Sound Machine – Conga". Music Canada. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Miami Sound Machine – Conga". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 1, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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