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Meek Mill and Leslie Grace Join Fans Across the Caribbean for BACARDI Rum World Premier of Conga

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World’s most awarded rum brand and Leslie Grace, Meek Mill and Boi-1da unveil the final crowdsourced 'Conga Feat. You' Campaign with BBDO

Meek Mill and Leslie Grace Join Fans Across the Caribbean for BACARDI Rum World Premier of Conga

Following a worldwide call for voice and dance submissions in November – today, BACARDÍ rum debuted the official music video and full song for the first-ever remake of global hit single, ‘Conga’ Feat. Meek Mill, Leslie Grace, Produced by Boi-1da. Incorporating fan submissions from around the world, the world’s most awarded rum brand is once again inspiring people everywhere to do what moves them through song and dance, with the new ‘Conga Feat. You’ campaign.

Featuring lead vocals from three-time Latin GRAMMY Awards nominee, 2020 Latin GRAMMY Awards performer and upcoming In the Heights star Leslie Grace, rap verses by GRAMMY-nominated musician and criminal justice reform advocate Meek Mill, and produced by Multi Diamond selling, GRAMMY Award-winning, ‘Producer of the Year’ nominee Boi-1da, the ‘Conga’ remake is a fresh twist on the hit 1985 single from Miami Sound Machine’s Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Blessed by Emilio Estefan, this new version of ‘Conga’ is remixed for a modern audience that celebrates the beauty of self-expression and is sure to make you move your feet.

“BACARDÍ is thrilled to reveal the first-ever remake of the global smash hit ‘Conga’ and official music video. Over the past month, we closely reviewed all the incredible fan submissions from around the world and incorporated a select number into the final music video alongside the artists,” said Ned Duggan, global senior vice president for BACARDÍ rum. “We’ve always seen music as such a powerful force in bringing people together, and as the world trended toward division and isolation this past year, we wanted to use music as a catalyst to bring people back together in a way that has never been done before. We can’t wait for you to see it.”

The lively full-length music video intersperses ‘Conga’ enthusiasts’ dance moves alongside Leslie Grace, Meek Mill, and Boi-1da as they move through a vibrant Caribbean world. As the music video progresses, user-submitted dance moves begin to sync up with the artists’ choreography, culminating with the three lead artists visually pulling individuals from their own UGC worlds and inserting them into the Caribbean world, where they can all feel the rhythm of the music together.

Additionally, the official music video also boasts an impressive roster of celebrities and influencers – including 2020 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl Jasmine Sanders, viral street-dance performer Lil Buck and singer, dancer and TV judge Alesha Dixon – who recruited ‘Conga’ enthusiasts near and far to submit their dance moves and vocals when the campaign first kicked off in November. The music video also features an exciting cameo by Emilio Estefan, one of the producers behind the original ‘Conga’ track.

To accompany the release, BACARDÍ has created an official ‘Conga Feat. You’ campaign cocktail called the Coco Conga. A delicious cocktail to quench rum drinkers’ thirst as they dance the night away, this spin on the Caribbean classic Mojito is made with a base of BACARDÍ Superior white rum and a splash of BACARDÍ Coconut Flavored Rum.

Coco Conga Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces BACARDÍ Superior Rum
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 12 mint leaves
  • 2 tsp extra fine sugar
  • 1 ounce Club Soda
  • Splash of BACARDÍ Coconut Flavored Rum

Method: Add the BACARDÍ Superior Rum, lime juice sugar and mint to a highball glass. Press mint with a bar spook to release oil. Add crushed ice, almost to top, and churn. Top with Club Soda and crown with a splash of BACARDÍ Coconut Flavored Rum. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge.

The official song release is accompanied by an extensive media buy – with a 30-second spot of the music video airing during Super Bowl pre-programming and during the premiere of ‘The Equalizer’ after the big game. The ‘Conga Feat. You’ campaign spot will extend through the month of February around cable originals and live sports including NHL and NBA, as well as premium Connected TV environments and surrounding relevant artists on YouTube and Vevo. In February and March, ‘Conga’ messaging will extend to Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud and Pandora, and Snapchat users will be able to engage with a custom choreographer lens to the ‘Conga’ track brought to you by BACARDÍ. Lastly, fans will be able to tune into custom Genius series ‘Verified’ and ‘The Cosign Live’ on Twitch to learn more about the remaking-of ‘Conga’ and engage with user reactions to the track in real-time. 

For more information on BACARDÍ rum and cocktail recipes, visit here


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BACARDÍ CONGA FEAT. YOU

Chief Marketing Officer: John Burke 

Global SVP Marketing: Ned Duggan

Global Digital and Brand Communications, VP: Laila Mignoni

Global Creative Development Manager: Avril Nunez

BBDO

Chief Creative Officer, BBDO Worldwide: David Lubars

Executive Creative Director: Marcos Kotlhar

Executive Creative Director: Danilo Boer

Creative Director: Taylor Marsh 

Associate Creative Director: Marjorie Vardo 

Executive Creative Director: Alex Booker

Executive Creative Director: Philip Sicklinger 

Senior Project Manager: Noreen Masih 

Executive Producer: Katie Harris 

Production Manager: Tatiana Lanier 

Head of Digital Production: James Young 

Interactive Producer: Phil Peker 

VP, Broadcast Business Affairs: Kathleen Bannon

SVP, Production Services Director: Jessica Nugent 

Talent Services Manager: Pamela Smith 

Chief Marketing Officer: Crystal Rix 

Managing Director: Steven Panariello 

SVP, Account Director: Josh Goodman 

Account Director: Josh Freeland 

VP, Account Director: Meghan Wood 

Account Executive: Aimee Chimera 

Senior Social Manager: Clare McGough 

VP, Strategy Director: Zach Kula 

VP, Communications Strategy Director: Jen Leung 

Senior Planner: Caroline Moyer-Kardos 

Production 

Production Company: Caviar

Director: Henry Scholfield

Executive Producer: Michael Sagol

Executive Producer:   Kim Dellara

Managing Executive Producer: Sorcha Shepherd

EP / Head of Production: Casey Wooden

Producer: Polly Du Plessis

Production Supervisor: Javier Alejandro

Local Producer: Mariana Moto

Director of Photography: Matias Boucard

Stylist: Toni Blaze

Choreographer: Ian Eastwood

Editing 

Editorial: Cabin

Editor: Sam Ostrove

Assistant Editor: Doug Scott

Producer: Liz Lydecker

EP: Carr Schilling

Post 

Post VFX: Blacksmith

VFX Supervisor/Lead Compositor: Daniel Morris

EP: Charlotte Arnold

Colour

Colour: Blacksmith

Colourist: Mikey Pehanich

Sound 

Sound Post: Sonic Union

Mix Engineer: Stephen Rosen

Senior Producer: Patrick Sullivan

Music

Track Name:   Conga

Artist:   Meek Mill, Leslie Grace & Boi1da

Imprint Label:   Sony Music Latin

Composer: Enrique García

Lyrics:   Enrique García

Publisher:   Foreign Imported Productions and Publishing, Inc.

Producer:   Matthew Jehu Samuels p/k/a "Boi1da" / Jahaan Sweet

Sound Engineer for Leslie Grace:   Adam Schoeller

Producer for Leslie Grace:   Trey Campbell

Recorded By:   Anthony Cruz @ Jungle City Studios NYC

Mixed By:   Anthony Cruz @ Break It Down Studios NYC

Mastered By:   Colin Leonard @ SING Mastering, Atlanta, GA

Digital Production 

Digital Production Company: Resn

Social Production 

Production Company: BBDO Studios

Post Producer: Allie Kolb

Editor: Brad Go

Editor: Mike Plunkett

Assistant Editor: Morgan Ammons

Genres: Music performance, People

Categories: Spirits, Alcoholic Beverages

BBDO New York, Thu, 28 Jan 2021 16:51:10 GMT