Gloria Estefan’s ‘Conga’ Comes Back To Life With a Fantastic Remake

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Gloria Estefan is a mega-star in both-worlds. Everyone remembers the cross-culture icon’s song “Conga” from 1985. In fact, it is was still being played at the clubs when there wasn’t a pandemic going on. 

More than 35 years later, the song is getting a remake. 

In the upcoming Broadway musical turned movie, “In the Heights,” rapper Meek Mill and Grammy-winning music producer Boi-1da are recreating the song that made Gloria Estefan, well, Gloria Estefan. 

The song’s remix was released on January 28, along with a music video with clips of people from around the world singing and dancing to the single that fans had submitted. 

Leslie Grace, the singer on the track, grew up in a Dominican American household listening to Gloria Estefan. In an interview with NBC News, she said, “Gloria has been someone that I’ve looked up to all of my life because she was one of the first people that I saw represented my Latino heritage while singing in English and became a global superstar. That was always so inspiring to me being bicultural, seeing her just succeed and now being able to walk in her footsteps.”

The new song is already making waves, with collaborations between Bacardi rum and the Super Bowl pre-programming. The music video will be featured in a 30-second ad and repeatedly throughout February in NBA and NHL sporting events. 

Leslie Grace told People that, “When they told me they were thinking about doing a remake of ‘Conga,’ I was like, ‘Are you sure that’s even allowed? The Estefans have given us their blessing every step of the way, and that to me was the most important thing.”

As for the film, she described it as the best summer of her life: “I just feel a really personal connection to my character. I feel like a lot of us first-generation kids that have grown up here, but our parents are from our originating countries, we feel a lot of pressure to strive, to do our best, to make everybody proud and to also adapt and conform and but not lose and forget your roots.”

Grace also shared that 2020 was a year filled with uncertainty, and she’s found her meaning isn’t only in a job but the little things as well.