Los del Rio couldn’t imagine what a smash “Macarena” would become when they released their 1993 A mí me gusta album.
The song and the corresponding Macarena dance were immensely successful. In 2002, VH1 declared the group “The Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time.” Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, André Rieu made his worldwide concert touring act quite a phenomenon. The famous violinist and the Spanish duo teamed up in 2018 for an unforgettable concert.
“My dream is to make the whole of classical music accessible for everyone.”
Those are the exact words that André Rieu, a Dutch violinist and conductor, used to describe the goals of his career. He is best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1987. That’s how Rieu united some of the best musicians, and they have turned classical and waltz music into a concert act. The whole project began with only twelve people on board. Today, André’s Orchestra brings 50 and sometimes 60 people on stage. The man has been awarded more than 500 Platinum and 270 Gold awards for his success. His father was a conductor, and he began studying the violin at the age of five. It doesn’t hurt to mention that Rieu also speaks six languages, and carries the title The Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion since 2002. For more detailed information about his work, visit the official website.
Antonio Romeo Monge and Rafael Ruiz are the names behind the 90s dance craze.
They are a Spanish flamenco-pop duo, whose name translates to “Those from the River.” They formed the duo in 1962, and three decades later, their huge hit “Macarena” began its reign on U.S. charts.
Don’t forget the dance, which is quite simple: you just have to know your right from your left side.
As it turns out, a municipal music hall in their native town of Dos Hermanas was named after them. In the video, everyone dances side by side—and we’re not kidding.
There wasn’t a single person at the 2018 Maastricht concert that wasn’t dancing to “Macarena” when Los del Rio performed it live!
We love the faces of people when the song starts to play—their surprise and joy are priceless!
In case you weren’t aware of how popular the song is, this is a self-explanatory video.
The orchestra, the audience, Andre and Los del Rio are all taken over by the Macarena rhythm. And everyone knows the dance!
We were stunned to see different generations dancing side by side, all following the same choreography.
The ladies from the orchestra are dressed in beautiful gowns as well!
The video shows so much happiness in one place, and there are no words to describe the atmosphere.
We can try all we want, but the best thing to do is watch the video, as it cures any kind of bad mood instantly. And we didn’t know that the violin could be so good when mixed with this song!
It’s proof that in music, there is always room from trying out some new combinations.
When the song ends, people start hugging each other randomly. It only proves how cheerful they were because of the “Macarena.”
As a side note, the “Macarena” world records are quite interesting as well.
From “most people dancing Macarena in a bookstore” to “fastest Macarena dance wearing Fedora hat,” people are still in love with the simple dance routine. However, the world record for most people performing Macarena at the same time was set at Yankee Stadium, in 1996. The world has loved “Macarena” ever since it appeared, and more than 16 million people have seen this video on YouTube so far.
Check out the adorable performance in the clip below:
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