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Miami Sound Machine - Conga (1985)

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“Conga” is the first hit single released by the American band Miami Sound Machine, led by Gloria ...

“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.

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 10 in various countries, including the United States and the Netherlands. The song was not a hit in the United Kingdom, failing to chart on the top 75. There the attention was based more on the single “Bad Boy”. In Billboard magazine’s year-end chart in 1986, “Conga” finished at number 40.

Music video
The video is set in the fictional Miami night club Copacabana, hosting a reception for an unspecified ambassador. After a boring piano recital, the Miami Sound Machine is announced as the next featured act (though Gloria insists the setting is not appropriate for the song.) Despite the initial shock of his wife, the more upbeat song becomes a hit with the audience and ambassador.

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