Puerto Rican reggaetón singer Don Omar recorded this song with singer Lucenzo, who is a France-based artist of Portuguese origin. The music is largely based on Lucenzo's previous single, a bilingual Portuguese/English dance track entitled "Vem dançar kuduro." However, most of the lyrics of were rewritten in Spanish.
The song was a worldwide hit, topping the singles charts in a number of countries including Argentina, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. In Italy it stayed at #1 for 10 straight weeks. The cut was also Omar's second US Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart-topper.
A rearranged recording of the song was made for the English language market titled "Danzo Kuduro (Throw Your Hands Up)." This new version by Haitian Dance-Pop artist Qwote and Lucenzo featuring Cuban rapper Pitbull charted in the UK after becoming a hit in the clubs.
A re-recorded version of this tune was used as the end song for the 2011 action movie Fast Five and also features on the film's soundtrack album.
The international popularity of "Danza Kuduro" is highlighted by the fact it was the most-streamed song on Spotify in 2011. The track's appeal was enhanced by it being the credit song for Fast Five.