Llorando se fue

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"Llorando se fue"
Single by Los Kjarkas
from the album Canto a la mujer de mi pueblo
A-side Wa ya yay[1]
B-side Llorando se fue
Released 1982
August 29, 2006 (Digital)
Recorded 1981
Genre Afro-Bolivian Saya, Andean pop
Length 4:03
Label Lauro, EMI (France)
Writer(s) Ulises Hermosa
Gonzalo Hermosa (original music & lyrics)
Music video
"Llorando se fue" on YouTube

"Llorando se fue" (English: Crying he/she went away) is a Bolivian folk song recorded by Los Kjarkas in 1981 on the album Canto a la mujer de mi pueblo[2] and released as a B-side of the "Wa ya yay" single in 1982.[3] The song has been very popular in Latin America since the 1980s and has been covered several times. It obtained international fame with artists such as Wilkins in 1984, Argentine singer Juan Ramón in 1985, Brazilian singer Márcia Ferreira in 1986 and the French pop group Kaoma in 1989.[3] Kaoma's cover "Lambada" was an unauthorized translation of the song and based in the music of Cuarteto Continental group and Márcia Ferreira's Portuguese version that led to a successful lawsuit against Kaoma's producers Olivier Lorsac and Jean Karakos.[3] Recently, the song was adapted by several artists including Ivete Sangalo, Jennifer Lopez for her 2011 single "On the Floor",[3] Don Omar's "Taboo" and Wisin & Yandel's "Pam Pam".

The song is alternately titled "Lambada" in several cover versions. Its translated title in Portuguese is "Chorando se foi".


According to Gonzalo Hermosa, Los Kjarkas had based "Llorando se fue" from a small, nostalgic Andean melody. Their song in Spanish was written in a sad and slow Saya rhythm, which is a type of Afro-Bolivian music.[4] By 1990, Los Kjarkas authorized the translation of the song to 42 languages.[5] They have also performed a Spanish-Japanese bilingual version of the song (keeping the Saya rhythm) in concerts and for the music video made in 1990.[6][7] The bilingual version was recorded on their 1996 album Sentimiento Andino, Volume 2 and on their 2001 compilation album 30 Años Sólo Se Vive Una Vez, Volume 1. Los Kjarkas has also re-recorded "Llorando se fue" as an upbeat dance version for their 1991 album Tecno Kjarkas (Tecno Andino) and in 2010 with the Bolivian group Voltaje.[8]

Single track listing[edit]

France 7" 45 RPM[9][edit]

Label: B.M. Productions/CBS (1989)

Side 1
  1. "Llorando se fue" (Saya) — (G. Hermosa, U. Hermosa) — 4:03
Side 2
  1. "Tata Sabaya" (Huayno) — (U. Hermosa) — 2:28

Japan 3" (8cm) CD[10][edit]

Label: Polydor (1990)

  1. "Llorando se fue" — (G. Hermoza, U. Hermoza)
  2. "Wa ya yay" (Huayño) — (U. Hermoza)

Márcia Ferreira version[edit]

Kaoma version[edit]

Main article: Lambada (song)

This version made the song internationally famous. It is much faster than the original version. The lead singer of the French band Kaoma was Brazilian.

Other covers[edit]

Prior to Kaoma's 1989 release of the song, several covers of "Llorando se fue" had been released as dance tracks:

  • 1984 - Cuarteto Continental from the LP Fiesta de Cumbias, sing Julio Mau Orlandini[11]
  • 1984 - Armonía 10 from the LP El Chinchorro, Vol. 2[12][13]
  • 1984 - Sexteto Internacional from LP "Mas Sexteto", sing Julio Mejia [14][15]
  • 1984 - Tropical Pingüino[16][17]
  • 1984 - Wilkins from the album Una Historia Importante - 15 Grandes Exitos[18]
  • 1985 - Juan "Corazón" Ramón from the album Cada Día Mejor[19]
  • 1985 - Don Medardo y sus Player from the album Lo Mejor del Año, Vol.4[20]
  • 1985 - Vico y su Grupo Karicia from the LP Voz y sentimiento[21][22]
  • 1986 - Márcia Ferreira[23][24]
  • 1986 - Cuarteto Continente of Peru, sing Nacho Valdez, produced by Nazareno Pro.
  • 1986 - Los Graduados from the album Flor de un día[25]
  • 1987 - Sonora Andacollo from the album Norte Tropical - Lambada[26]
  • 1988 - Los Hermanos Rosario from the album Otra Vez[27]
  • 1988 - Ana Morena from the compilation album Baila Baila Baila, Vol. 2[28]
  • 1988 - Sonora Junior L. Palacios from the album Que Siga La Cumbia, Vol. 3[29]
  • 1988 - Tropicalismo Apache from the album Exitos Quemantes
  • 1989 - Los Flamers from the album Gran Reventon Gran, Vol. 5[30][31]
  • 1990 - Appears on the Sun City Girls' album Torch of the Mystics as The Shining Path
  • 1990 - The tune of Sochna kya jo bhi ho ga dekha jaye ga ("Don't worry, whatever will be done, will be handled"), a Hindustani song from the Indian movie Ghayal was based on this song. The singers were Asha Bhonsle, Kumar Sanu and Shabbir Kumar.
  • 1990 - Late Cantopop songstress Aling Choi, titled "Life Carnival" (Traditional Chinese: 人生嘉年華) from the album The Simple Life
  • 1991 - Screechy Dan & Red Fox's "Pose Off" from the Drum Song Riddim
  • 1992 - Sochna Kya by Asha Bhosle & Bappi Lahiri & Indivar & Kumar Shanu & Shabbir Kumar
  • 2006 - Wisin & Yandel's "Pam Pam" from the album Pa'l Mundo: Deluxe Edition
  • 2009 - Bob Sinclar's "Give Me Some More," featuring DJ Roland Clark, from the album Born in 69[32]
  • 2011 - Don Omar's "Taboo" from the album Meet the Orphans[33]
  • 2011 - Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor" from the album Love? incorporates quite a few elements[3]
  • 2011 - Anahí "Chorando se Foi" for the tour Mi Delirio World Tour.

In 1984 an upbeat version of the song introducing the accordion was released by the Peruvian group Cuarteto Continental, whose arrangements (produced by Alberto Maravi) were later copied by Kaoma.[34][35] The first Portuguese translation and recording of "Llorando se fue" - as "Chorando se foi" - was released by Brazilian singer-songwriter Márcia Ferreira (with co-writer José Ari) in 1986 under her third album.[23]


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