Conga – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

January 5, 2022

Today’s song of the day is “Conga” by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine.

Fun Facts

  • “Conga” was the first hit song released by the American band Miami Sound Machine and was led by Gloria Estefan.
  • ‘’Conga” is a Cuban carnival dance. 
  • The song talks about the life of Gloria Estefan and the band as immigrants in America.
  • “Conga” was written by Enrique Garcia, the lead songwriter and Miami Sound Machine band’s drummer.
  • The song was released in 1985.
  • “Conga” reached number ten on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and won the grand award in Japan at the 15th annual ‘’Tokyo Music Festival”.
  • The song sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S, and the Recording Industry Association of America certified it as GOLD.
  • In 2001, the song was recorded as a new remix and released as a single titled ‘’Y-TU-Conga” in Spain.
  • ‘’Conga” was rerecorded for the second time and renamed ‘’Samba” and was incorporated in Gloria Estefan’s 2020 album.
  • Multiple artists have made Various ‘’Conga” cover versions, including George Lam, a Hong Kong singer, and Issei Noro, a Japanese guitarist.
  • The song has been used as background music in various films such as Drama Club, Futurama, The Ninja kids, and Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
  • Gloria Estefan got married to Emilio Estefan, the Miami Sound Machine’s band leader, in 1976, who was her first and only boyfriend.

Lyrics:

(Genius)

Come on, shake your body, baby, do the conga

I know you can’t control yourself any longer

Come on, shake your body, baby, do the conga

I know you can’t control yourself any longer

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 ’til you tried it, do that conga beat

Everybody gather ’round now

Let your body feel the heat

Don’t you worry if you can’t dance

Let the music move your feet

It’s the rhythm of the island

Like the sugar cane so sweet

If you want to do the conga

You’ve got to listen to the beat

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 ’til you tried it, do that conga beat

Feel the fire of desire

As you dance the night away

‘Cause tonight we’re gonna party

‘Til we see the break of day

Better get yourself together

And hold on to what you’ve got

Once the music hits your system

There’s no way you’re gonna stop

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 ’til you tried it, do that conga beat

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 ’til you tried it, do that conga beat

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 ’til you tried it, do that conga beat

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