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- Lambada is also the name of a 1990 movie.
Lambada is a type of dance which became internationally popular in the 1980s. The origin of the dance is somewhat disputed, some saying it began in Bolivia, while others maintain it began in Brazil. Some of the forerunners of the dance are forro, sayas , the maxixe, and the carimbó .
The word lambada comes from a Portuguese word used in Brazil referring to the wavelike motion of a whip. The dancers' bodies mimic this flowing motion.
Kaoma , a French group, recorded the number one worldwide summer hit "Lambada" which sold 5 million singles in 1989. Lambada is an unauthorised translation of the song "Llorando se fue", by the Bolivian group Los Kjarkas. See Music of Bolivia article for more about the translation of this song.
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