More than three decades later, one of the greatest dance songs of all time is still an inspiration to many artists who use the dance craze and the catchy melody in their favor.
Famous musicians aren’t the only ones whose feet go fancy when Kaoma’s smash hit goes on—check out this group of high schoolers from Colombia who chose “the forbidden dance” for their 2014 graduation day.
Kaoma’s breezy summer tune was the 16th interpretation of “Lambada,” and it became an international sensation. If you’re not sure of what we’re talking about, please listen to Kaoma’s 1989 interpretation of “Lambada.” The French-Brazilian pop group hit the jackpot with this one, giving it a bouncy bass line, great rhythm and a danceable tempo.
Pay closer attention and you’ll see that many modern electronic dance tunes have a very similar structure.
The song is simple and repetitive but still interesting for the way it uses instruments to keep the mood up. Lambada is a Brazilian dance that became very popular in the 1980s. Kaoma only benefitted from its popularity, but the original writers later successfully sued for a share of the royalties.
That is why today, all versions of the song cite the brothers Gonzalo and Ulises Hermosa as the writers of the song.
It took decades until the song’s full potential exploded and splashed golden sparkles all over anyone who’s had anything to do with it.
Lambada’s sensual hip-to-hip grinding was only the beginning, and many interesting dance styles evolved from it.
Take Brazilian Zouk as an example. It is a group of closely related dance styles based on or evolved from the lambada dance style. So, how did that happen? In 1994, Lambada dance started to fade away, and a lot of Lambada dancers began to use other musical sources to practice Lambada.
That’s how various dance elements were added to the original dance, and it changed a lot.
Some added acrobatic moves to it, while others were persistent in maintaining smoothness, intimacy and closer contact. We’re watching a video of a group of Colombian students dancing the original lambada, the most sensual version of it.
Although many claimed that the dance needs to be forbidden, we only see people having a lot of fun and enjoying music.
It reminded us a lot of the original video where the original child duo Chico and Roberta danced their hearts out.
Summer heat, the beach, music and the smell of the ocean in the air—it all comes to mind when we hear the recognizable Lambada rhythm.
We love that the children paid a true homage to Lambada—they dressed accordingly, and they danced barefoot as if they were on the beach!
Look at those happy faces and bodies taken over by the music—it’s no wonder that the video got more than 17 million YouTube views!
All the performers were graceful and energetic.
The kids knew their routine perfectly. We might have added a few more moves to the choreography, but it’s awesome either way. A lot of YouTube users commented that the music must be in the DNA of anyone from Brazil.
We must admit: they all dance perfectly, and it makes us want to join right in.
Great job kids! We enjoyed every minute of your phenomenal performance.
Watch this perfect dance routine in the video link below:
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