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For the African town, see Kaoma, Zambia.
Origin Paris, France[1]
Genres Lambada, Zouk, Worldbeat
Years active 1989–1998, 2006–present
Labels Epic, Atoll
Associated acts Touré Kunda
Website kaoma-lambada.com
Members Chyco Dru
Jacky Arconte
Etna Brasyl
Alan Hoy
Past members Loalwa Braz

Kaoma is a French-Brazilian pop group made up of former members of the band Touré Kunda: Chyco Dru (bassist), Jacky Arconte (guitarist), Jean-Claude Bonaventure (producer and keyboardist), Michel Abihssira (drums and percussion), Fania (vocals), and Loalwa Braz (lead singer), Chico and Roberta (dancers). Chyco Dru is from Martinique, Jacky Arconte from Guadeloupe, and Loalwa Braz from Brazil. They are best known for their 1989 hit single, "Lambada".


In 1989, they had a major chart-topping hit with their dance music single "Lambada," a direct cover of Brazilian singer-songwriter Márcia Ferreira's 1986 dance hit "Chorando se foi," which itself was a legally authorized Portuguese-translated rendition of the original 1981 slow ballad, "Llorando se fue" by the Bolivian group Los Kjarkas.[2][3] Given Kaoma's clear act of plagiarism and release of their single without Los Kjarkas' permission, Los Kjarkas successfully sued.[4] "Dançando Lambada" and "Mélodie d'amour" were the next two singles and were also hit singles, although they failed to earn the same success as "Lambada". "Lambada" peaked at number 46 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[5] It reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[6]

The same year, the band released its first album Worldbeat which achieved worldwide success,becoming,along with Beto Barbosa, one of the legends of Brazilian lambada. At the 1990 Lo Nuestro Awards, Kaoma won two awards for Pop Group of the Year and New Pop Artist of the Year.[7]

In 1991, Kaoma released the album Tribal-Pursuit which provided the singles "Danca Tago-Mago" and "Moço do dende".



  1. ^ Pareles, Jon (1990-01-15). "Review/Pop; Lambada, Would-Be Craze by Way of Paris". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Márcia Ferreira's Official Site. Biography. marciaferreira.com.br
  3. ^ Céspedes, Gilka Wara (1993). ""Huayño," "Saya," and "Chuntunqui": Bolivian Identity in the Music of "Los Kjarkas"". Latin American Music Review / Revista de Música Latinoamericana. 14: 52–101. JSTOR 780009. 
  4. ^ Saenz de Tejada, Nacho (1990-05-29). "Kjarkas: "La lambada es un dolor"". El País. 
  5. ^ Kaoma: Billboard singles AllMusic.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 296. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  7. ^ "Lo Nuestro – Historia". Univision (in Spanish). Univision Communications. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 

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