NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)- We know you’ve heard the song…”The Mardi Gras Mambo” blaring from speakers everywhere, especially this time of year.
Have you ever wondered the story behind the song?
Is it just a song? Is it a dance?
News with a Twist’s Kenny Lopez got the scoop from David Kunian of WWOZ FM on what exactly is the “Mardi Gras Mambo”?
According to Kunian, the song is just a song, and not a dance. He said that the song is actually a rumba and not a mambo.
“Mardi Gras rumba, mardi gras rumba, doesn’t quite sound right,” Kunian said.
What makes it a rumba is the rhythms and calypso beats, which are different than a mambo!
The original “Mardi Gras Mambo” was recorded as a country song by singer, Jodie Levens back in 1953. The Hawketts’ version made the song mega-popular. They recorded it in 1954.