"Lambada", also known as "Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)" or "Llorando se fue (Lambada)", is a song recorded by French pop group Kaoma. It features guest vocals by Brazilian vocalist Loalwa Braz. It was released as the first single from Kaoma's debut album Worldbeat. The video, filmed on Cocos beach in the city of Trancoso, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, features the Brazilian child duo Chico & Roberta.
The song in Portuguese is a mix cover of Márcia Ferreira's 1986 hit "Chorando se foi" (lyrics translated to Portuguese) and the Cuarteto Continental hit "Llorando se fue" (first upbeat version of the song introducing the accordion), released in 1984 through the Peruvian record label INFOPESA and produced by Alberto Maravi; both songs were adapted from the 1981 Bolivian song Llorando se fue by Los Kjarkas.
The lyrics and music of Kaoma's "Chorando se foi (Lambada)" are an unauthorized translation of the song "Llorando se fue", originally composed, performed and recorded by the BolivianAndean pop group Los Kjarkas in 1981. The song's lyrics and music had been lawfully registered in 1985 by the founding members of Los Kjarkas- Gonzalo and Ulises Hermosa- in Germany's Music and Authors Society (GEMA). The unauthorized copy by Kaoma led to a successful 1990 lawsuit by Los Kjarkas against Kaoma's producer Jean-Claude Bonaventure.
According to Gonzalo Hermosa, Los Kjarkas had based "Llorando se fue" from a small, nostalgic Andean melody. Their song was written in a sad and slow Afro-Bolivian Saya rhythm.
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
1984 – Armonia 10 from the LP El Chinchorro, Vol. 2
1988 – Ana Morena from the compilation album Baila Baila Baila, Vol. 2
1988 – Sonora Junior L. Palacios from the album Que Siga La Cumbia, Vol. 3
1988 – Tropicalismo Apache from the album Exitos Quemantes
1989 – Los Flamers from the album Gran Reventon Gran, Vol. 5
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. 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.
Nowadays the song is credited to the Hermosa brothers (authors), Alberto Maravi, Márcia Ferreira and José Ari.
In France, the song was used in a television advertisement for Orangina.
"Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)" was the 37th best-selling single of the United Kingdom during 1989. In France, where it topped the chart for 12 weeks and sold almost two million copies, the single was the number-one on the year-end list.
The music video of the song was filmed on stage on Tago Mago Island in the Mediterranean Sea and on Cocos Beach in the city of Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil. It features the Brazilian child duet Chico & Roberta as love interests. Roberta's father does not want her to hang out with Chico, but Loalwa mends the situation among the three.
Owing to its huge success outside Brazil, "Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)" was also recorded by Kaoma in English and Spanish.
The song "Sochna Kya" from the 1990 Hindi film Ghayal copies the melody of "Chorando Se Foi (Lambada)."
The Japanese singer Akemi Ishii released a cover version in Japanese on March 21, 1990. It peaked at number 16 on the Oricon charts, And re-recorded in 2011.
In France, the song was covered by another group, Carioca, which peaked only at number 22 on September 9, 1989 and remained on the chart for nine weeks. It was also covered, around that time, by other Brazilian singers, such as Fafá de Belém, whose 1985 album Aprendizes da Esperança was an early exponent of the lambada rhythm. Also in 1989, a cover by Regina appeared on Chico Mendés' LP Lambada Tropical and on the compilation albums Max Mix 9 and Hits '89.
The Turkish singer Cengiz Coşkuner song it with lyrics was written by Ülkü Aker. It was found in his "Seni Gidi Seni & Kapris Yapma" album, which was released in 1990.
The Turkish singer Rüya Çağla song it with lyrics was written by herself. It was found in her "Lambada" album, which was released in 1990
Ivete Sangalo recorded a live version of the song as a bonus track for her 2005 album As Super Novas. It was released on November 2005 as the third single from the album. She also recorded the song on her second live album.
In July 2009, a new Summer remixed version of the track by house and latin jazz DJ Gregor Salto called "Lambada 3000" (billed as Gregor Salto & Kaoma) was released in the Benelux. Braz Loalwa, the original singer of the song, was asked to provide new vocals for the remix. The track became Salto's second Top 20 hit in the Dutch Top 40, and third entry in the chart, peaking at #12. Its music video was shot on Curaçao and premiered in June 2009.