Kaoma’s Lambada, The Forbidden Dance

The term “Lambada” comes from Portuguese and describes a whip-like movement – this is how the Lambada is danced: whip-like twitching, erotic, wild, uninhibited. Unlike other dance styles, the Lambada is so erotic, wild and uninhibited that many contemporaries wrinkled their noses at the time and the labor court in Bocholt even had to deal with the question of whether Lambada dancing at the company party borders on prostitution. And in the US state of Utah, lambada dancing was even prohibited by law. Everything is half as wild.

Kaoma – Lambada (Official Video) 1989 HD

Definition from Wikipedia

A lateral hip swing with no rotation in the dance floor level, but with body up and down on every beat; with additional foot lifting on every third weight shift – on the rhythm Quick-Quick-Slow; on the slow there is a reactive external rotation with an extension of the playing leg.

Push at the dance partner

The problem was that in the TV shows, these reactive external rotations of the leg were mainly performed by barely clothed beach beauties – who also presented their string thongs and pushed themselves at their dance partners.

Brazil or Bolivia

The Lambada was invented in Brazil in the early 1970s. It was thanks to two French music producers that the dance suddenly started in 1989 worldwide. They brought the Lambada from Brazil to Europe. They thought the appropriate song was a Brazilian folk tune. And they had them recorded by the specially founded band “Kaoma” in a disco-suitable version. In fact, it was the officially registered composition of a musical group from Bolivia called “Los Kjarkas”.

Lambada hysteria paid off

When the Lambada became a worldwide success, the panflute musicians in the Andes also got wind of it and made their claims with the music producers in distant France. Successful – half of all Lambada revenue went to the Bolivian music group. That should not have been a little, because the Lambada hysteria was violent! But only briefly. The Lambada disappeared as quickly as it appeared – almost like a whip!

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