The Latin Fury! Song Spotlight Series takes a closer look at the songs that are part of the show.
This song spotlight is on "Macarena”!
Interestingly enough, the origin of “Macarena” came about at a Venezuelan party for Gustavo Cisneros that was highlighted by a performance from Los del Rio. The appearance of Diana Patricia Cubillan Herrera – a flamenco teacher – inspired the duo to make up the future chorus of the song during her dance.
After swapping the name “Diana” for “Macarena”, the song was born and after an English-language remix was created by The Bayside Boys, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for an astounding 14 weeks in 1996.
Latin Fury! has adopted the vibrant flavour and energy of “Macarena” and its status as an instantly-recognizable international favourite. As such, it’s one of those songs where the moment its familiar beat comes alive, the audience can expect a rousing good time, no matter which country the show is taking place in.
Here’s a taste of “Macarena” from the Latin Fury! PBS Special:
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