|"Vem Dançar Kuduro"|
|Single by Lucenzo featuring Big Ali|
|from the album Emigrante del Mundo|
|Lucenzo singles chronology|
|Big Ali singles chronology|
"Vem Dançar Kuduro" (English: Come Dance Kuduro) is a multilingual Portuguese/English dance hit single by Lucenzo, a France-based artist of Portuguese origin featuring also France-based American artist Big Ali. Lucenzo sings in Portuguese and Big Ali in English.
"Vem Dançar Kuduro" (meaning Come Dance Kuduro in English), with kuduro being an Angolan type of music, had a big success in France, with the single "Vem Dançar Kuduro" reaching number 2 in the SNEP French Top 100 charts (based solely on actual sales of singles) and number 1 on the French Club 40 charts (based on actual plays in 80 discos in France). "Vem Dançar Kuduro" was also a hit in Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Many popular remix versions of the song have been made.
Following the success of the song, Don Omar released with Lucenzo a Spanish-language single "Danza Kuduro" that samples on a large part on "Vem Dançar Kuduro", but is a distinct song. At times, both versions have appeared separately on the same chart in certain European countries. These include Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland where both songs were hits.
The music video was shot in Havana, Cuba portraying Lucenzo and Big Ali promoting their concert that is to be held in a poor neighborhood in the Cuban capital, while Lucenzo is distributing posters to the public and Big Ali is joining in declaring, through loud speakers, about music coming from New York City, Angola and Portugal alluding to kuduro music to be played at the party. Some fans are joining in the celebrations dancing in the streets with the artists.
In other scenes, Lucenzo and Big Ali are seen preparing for the concert having haircuts at a barber shop.
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||5|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||84|
|Finland (Finland's Official List)||12|
|Switzerland (Media Control AG)||31|
|"Vem Dançar Kuduro"||Lucenzo featuring Big Ali||Emigrante del Mundo|
|"Danza Kuduro"||Don Omar featuring Lucenzo||Don Omar Presents: Meet the Orphans|
|"Vem Dançar Kuduro" /
|Lucenzo featuring Big Ali /
Lucenzo featuring Don Omar
|"Danza Kuduro (Throw Your Hands Up)"||Lucenzo & Qwote featuring Pitbull & Don Omar|
|"Danza Kuduro (Throw Your Hands Up)"||Lucenzo & Qwote featuring Pitbull|
|"Throw Your Hands Up (Dançar Kuduro)"||Qwote featuring Pitbull & Lucenzo|
|"Danza Kuduro 2012"||Akon featuring Lucenzo|
|Single by Don Omar featuring Lucenzo|
|from the album Don Omar Presents: Meet the Orphans and Fast Five|
|Don Omar singles chronology|
|Lucenzo singles chronology|
In 2010, a new adaption called Danza Kuduro was released, from Don Omar's collaborative album Meet the Orphans released as the lead single from the album on August 15, 2010 through Machete, VI. It features singer Lucenzo and has become a big hit in most Latin American countries, and eventually all over Europe. "Danza Kuduro" was number one on the Hot Latin Songs, giving Don Omar his second US Billboard Hot Latin Songs number-one hit and Lucenzo his first. A remake of the song is also featured in the 2011 movie Fast Five as an ending song and is on the film's soundtrack album. Kuduro is a style of dancing and singing from Angola.
The music of "Danza Kuduro" (meaning the kuduro dance in English) is largely based on "Vem Dançar Kuduro", however most of the lyrics of "Danza Kuduro" have been rewritten in the Spanish language.
The song is written by Lucenzo who is also producer of the song. It features a section in Portuguese taken from the Lucenzo dance hit entitled "Vem dançar kuduro" featuring Big Ali. The remainder is sung by Don Omar in Spanish. Kuduro is an Angolan type of music also very popular in Portugal. The Kuduro is a popular dance style practiced in the West African country of Angola. Originally designed to pay tribute towards the many disfigured and crippled people within the country due to the deadly civil war that ravaged the country and left landmines throughout the region. The dance is meant to not only pay tribute towards these handicapped individuals it is also supposed to incorporate their erratic and jerky movements into the flow of the moves. While Portugal once retained bloody control over the former colony the diasporic spread of the musically inspired dance craze has added to the feel of "world music" taking the concept of Kuduro from Brazil to Bejing. 
Amar Toor from Aol Radio Blog said that the song "showcases one of reggaeton's brightest stars at his absolute best. [...] Don Omar's song is so infectious, it will likely get buried in your mind after just one listen -- and trust us, that's a very good thing".
Monica Herrera from Billboard said "The propulsive beat is laced with crowd-pleasing electric accordion runs, over which Don Omar sings and raps about a simple yet evergreen concept: dancing up a storm. The song wisely shifts him toward more tropical-leaning material-a move all too familiar in reggaetón's post-boom era-while letting him continue to explore new sounds and maintain his hold over Latin dancefloors around the world." Allison Stewart from The Washington Post said that the song "exemplifies what Omar and company do best: It's a sunny, up-tempo, utterly winning variation on Latin dance pop. 'Orphans' otherwise contains seemingly infinite variations on reggaeton, though there's nothing else as great as the standard genre track 'Hasta Abajo', which appears here in un-remixed form". At the Latin Grammy Awards of 2011, "Danza Kuduro" received a nomination for Best Urban Song. It won the Billboard Latin Music Award for Latin Rhythm Airplay Song of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
The song debuted at number 48 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs. One week later, the song debuted at number 34 on the Tropical Songs. The song has become Don Omar's second number-one hit on the Billboard Latin Songs, and also topped the Latin Rhythm Songs, Latin Tropical Songs. On the Venezuelan Airplay Chart from the Record Report, the song also reached the top of the Latin Chart, and peaked at number 2 on the main Top 100 Chart. Due to heavy airplay and strong sales in the US, on the issue of May 21, 2011 the song debuted at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 93 on the Canadian Hot 100. It has sold over a million digital copies in the US by October 2012.
According to Universal Records, the single became a worldwide hit, reaching No. 1 in Argentina, Ecuador, Venezuela, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Romania, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and on the US Hot Latin Songs chart, and making the top 5 in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Chile, Central America, Denmark, and Norway. The single has found greater success especially in Italy where it topped the charts for 10 straight weeks.
The song was released in the UK in October 2011 and entered the UK Singles Chart at #13 on 6 November.
A music video was filmed on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, and was directed by music video director Vincent Egret, who has directed most of Lucenzo's recent videos. Production/Post supervised by Frederico Panetta and his team (4brostudio) Marc-Olivier Jean, Anderson Jean, Dullin Jean, Fayolle Jean Jr. did the post-production of the music video.
The video shows the singers boasting of all the wealth of a millionaire. It portrays Don Omar inviting Lucenzo to a boat ride, and picking him up in a BMW Z4. Also there are scenes of women dancing around the two artists on the beach. Before the video premiere, a preview of the video was released on July 30, 2010 through Omar's Facebook account.
The full music video was premiered on August 17, 2010 through Vevo. There were more than 1 million views within the first few days of its release, making "Danza Kuduro" the #3 Most Seen Video in the World. As of July 2018, the music video had received over 1.0 billion views on YouTube.
All time charts
|"Vem Dançar Kuduro /|
|Single by Lucenzo featuring Big Ali / Don Omar|
|from the album Emigrante del Mundo|
|Released||July 8, 2011|
This was a special double A side release in the Netherlands that included Lucenzo as main singer and featuring Big Ali as in the original release regarding side A (Vem Dançar Kuduro) and Don Omar regarding side B (Danza Kuduro).
Another difference for the Dutch release was that "Danza Kuduro" was credited directly to Lucenzo featuring Don Omar, whereas in all other markets, the song had been credited as "Don Omar featuring Lucenzo".
|"Throw Your Hands Up (Dançar Kuduro)"|
|Single by Qwote featuring Pitbull and Lucenzo|
|Released||November 8, 2011|
|Qwote singles chronology|
|Lucenzo singles chronology|
"Throw Your Hands Up (Dançar Kuduro)", a rearranged multilingual recording of the song by Qwote featuring Pitbull & Lucenzo in English, Spanish and Portuguese and destined for the English-language charts, entered at #13 on the UK Singles Chart on chart dated 6 November 2011. It also charted in the Scottish Singles Chart peaking at #11. It also charted in Ireland and Australia.
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||29|
|Poland (Dance Top 50)||16|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||11|
|UK Dance (Official Charts Company)||4|
|UK Indie (Official Charts Company)||3|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||13|
|UK Singles Chart||200|
BPI certified silver
|1.||"Danza Kuduro" (radio edit, featuring Don Omar)||2:24|
|2.||"Danza Kuduro" (featuring Big Ali)||3:16|
|3.||"Throw Your Hands Up (Dançar Kuduro)" (UK edit, featuring Pitbull)||2:31|
|4.||"Throw Your Hands Up (Dançar Kuduro)" (Wideboys remix, featuring Pitbull)||5:56|
|5.||"Throw Your Hands Up (Dançar Kuduro)" (UK extended mix, featuring Pitbull)||4:14|
|6.||"Throw Your Hands Up (Dançar Kuduro)" (featuring Don Omar, Daddy Yankee and Arcángel)||3:33|
Qwote has released a number of other versions over and above the ones on the maxi-single as follows:
|"Danza Kuduro (Throw Your Hands Up)"|
|Single by Lucenzo & Qwote featuring Pitbull and Don Omar|
|Released||October 30, 2011|
Brazilian singer Latino made in 2011 a full-Portuguese version of the song.
Dr. Bellido sampled part of the music in his hit "Señorita" that features also the vocals of Papa Joe.