Album: Primitive Love (1985)
Charted: 10

Songfacts®:

  • A conga is a human Cuban drum. The word can also refer to a kind of dance or a Cuban carnival.
  • Gloria Estefan: "If I had to take everything into consideration, [the truly essential song] would have to be 'Conga.' First, because I don't think I can get away with not performing that song in some shape or form. Second, because it started the possibility of Mi Tierra (Estefan's top-selling Spanish album) happening. Not only did it talk about a specific rhythm of my homeland (Cuba), it talked about being Latino, and the celebratory nature of dance. It was very musically forward in that it mixed a funk bassline and a 2/4 beat on the drums and the Latin percussion. It was something that really put us on the map. And even though it's a frivolous and fun song, it talks about who we are as immigrants in this land." (quote from Reuters, November 17, 2006)
  • This was the first ever record to get into the US Pop, Dance, Black and Latin charts.
  • At weddings and other such gatherings, Conga lines became very popular after this song was released. In 1988 an estimated 119,000 people congaed their way into the Guinness Book of Records to the beat of this song.

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1986 {January 4th} Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine performed "Conga" on the ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time "Conga" was at position #21 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, five weeks later it would peak at #10 {for 2 weeks}, and it spent over a half-year on the Top 100 {27 weeks}...
    And on November 10th, 1985 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Dance/Disco Sales chart...
    Between 1985 and 1988 the Miami Sound Machine had nine records on the Top 100 chart, seven made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Anything For You", for 2 weeks on May 8th, 1988...
    And Gloria Estefan, as a solo artist, charted twenty times on the Top 100, three made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "Don't Wanna Lose You" for 1 week in September of 1989 and "Coming Out Of The Dark" for 2 weeks in March of 1991...
    Besides "Don't Wanna Lose You" and "Coming Out Of The Dark", her third Top 10 record was "Here We Are" {#6 in 1990}...
    Gloria Estefan, born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García, celebrated her 62nd birthday four months ago on September 1st, 2019...
  • Donna from Ft. Lauderdale, FlThere's a whole segment about the Miami Sound Machine and this song in particular in the PBS 4-part documentary "Latin Music USA." It's especially interesting to hear Emilio Estefan speak about his early years in Miami after immigrating from Cuba, being broke and needing a job, joining with a few other guys to play music on weekends at local restaurants for tips, meeting Gloria for the first time...she was like 15 or 16? True and heartfelt rags-to-riches story.
  • Robert from Denver, CoI LOVE this song. It has always been one of my favorites. My kids have all loved this song from about age three and up. The beat is gonna get cha'.
  • Reza from Shiraz, Irani love gloria she is one of the best singers of all time. her band is also great.i love the collection of her happy and romantic songs. she has some of the best dance tunes and love ballads also
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