Lambada ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a Brazilian dance for couples. The dance became internationally popular in the late 80s, especially in Latin America and Caribbean countries. It has forerunners such as forró, salsa, merengue, maxixe, and the carimbó.
Lambada hit by Kaoma
Main article: Lambada (Kaoma song)
In 1988 a French entrepreneur, Olivier Lamotte d'Incamps, visited Porto Seguro and discovered locals dancing the tightly syncopated lambada to a melody that turned out to be Bolivian. With a lot of publicity, d'Incamps originated a lambada dance craze, largely by promoting a European tour of Kaoma, a band formed from a Porto Seguro dance group Touré Kunda. He bought the musical rights of about 300 lambada songs. He went back to France, and created the Kaoma Band. They turned Lambada into a worldwide known style, reaching all the way to Japan, where the dance is still popular.
Lambada entered the global mainstream when the French pop group Kaoma recorded a number one worldwide summer hit "Lambada" which sold 5 million singles in 1989. In Portuguese the Lambada song is called Chorando se foi which means Crying he/she went away.
In the music video, there were two young children, named Chico and Roberta, performing the lambada dance. They shortly thereafter started their own musical career.
The Lambada song was actually an unauthorized translation of the song Llorando se fue (1982) (which means: Crying he/she went away), from the Bolivian group Los K’jarkas. Due to the clear act of plagiarism, Los Kjarkas successfully sued Kaoma.