Sopa de Caracol

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"Sopa de Caracol"
Banda Blanca - Sopa de Caracol.jpg
Single by Banda Blanca
from the album Sopa de Caracol
GenrePunta rock
  • Hernán "Chico" Rámos
  • Juan Pompilio Tejeda
Banda Blanca singles chronology
"Sopa de Caracol"

"Sopa de Caracol" ("Conch Soup")[1] is a song performed by Honduran musical ensemble Banda Blanca. The song was originally written by Belizean singer Hernan "Chico" Ramos, and translated to Spanish and the Garifuna language by Banda Blanca. It was released by EMI Latin in 1991 and achieved international success, peaking at number-one in the Billboard Top Latin Songs in the United States.[2][3] The song included elements of garifuna and punta that has been used as a promotion for the chamagü (ladino) region of Honduras.[2] Thanks to the song, Banda Blanca became the best-known Honduran band.[1]

The song debuted in the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart (formerly Hot Latin Tracks) chart at number 15 in the week of January 19, 1991, climbing to the top ten the following week.[4][5] "Sopa de Caracol" peaked at number-one in March 16, 1991,[6] replacing "Te Pareces Tanto a Él" by Chilean singer Myriam Hernández and being succeeded by "No Basta" by Venezuelan singer-songwriter Franco De Vita two weeks later.[7] "Sopa de Caracol" ended 1991 as the fifth best performing Latin single of the year in the United States,[8] was awarded the Silver Seagull at the Viña del Mar International Song Festival and received a Lo Nuestro Award nomination for Tropical/Salsa Song of the Year, which it lost to Juan Luis Guerra's "Burbujas de Amor".[2] Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Banda Maguey, Los Flamers, Wilkins and Tony Camargo have also recorded cover versions of the track.[9]

Elvis Crespo version[edit]

"Sopa de Caracol - Yupi"
Elvis crespo sopa de caracol .jpg
Single by Elvis Crespo featuring Pitbull
from the album One Flag
ReleasedJuly 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)
  • Hernán Chico Ramos
  • Juan Pilo Tejeda
Elvis Crespo singles chronology
"Pegadito Suavacito"
"Sopa de Caracol - Yupi"
"A Celebrar"
Pitbull singles chronology
"Can't Believe It"
"Sopa de Caracol"
"Seize the Night"

In 2013, Puerto Rican-American singer Elvis Crespo and American rapper Pitbull covered "Sopa de Caracol" which was released as a single on July 30, 2013 for Crespo's studio album One Flag.[10] Their version peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and #1 on the Tropical Songs charts.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
US Hot Latin Songs (Billboard)[12] 41
US Tropical Airplay (Billboard)[13] 1
Venezuela (Record Report)[14] 29

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Zuchore-Walske, Christine (2010). "Music and Dance". Honduras in Pictures. Lerner Publishing Group, Inc: 54. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Recasens Barbara, Albert. "El Baile de las Caderas, el Impacto de la Punta en las Otredades". A Tres Bandas: Mestizaje, Sincretismo e Hibridación en el Espacio Sonoro Iberomericano. Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior: 146. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Banda Blanca — Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  4. ^ "Sopa de Caracol — Week of January 19, 1991". Billboard. January 19, 1991. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  5. ^ "Sopa de Caracol — Week of January 26, 1991". Billboard. January 26, 1991. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  6. ^ "Sopa de Caracol — Week of March 16, 1991". Billboard. March 16, 1991. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  7. ^ "No Basta — Week of March 30, 1991". Billboard. March 30, 1991. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  8. ^ "Topping The Charts Year By Year". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 110 (48): LMQ3. November 28, 1998. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  9. ^ "Sopa de Caracol – Performers". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 15, 2011.
  10. ^ "Elvis Crespo y Pitbull hacen 'Sopa de caracol' (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post (in Spanish). AOL. August 31, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  11. ^ "Elvis Crespo - Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "Elvis Crespo Chart History (Hot Latin Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Elvis Crespo Chart History (Tropical Songs)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Top 100". Record Report (in Spanish). R.R. Digital C.A. 2013-11-30. Archived from the original on 2013-11-29.