Lambada is a dance music that originated from Pará, Brazil. The dance became internationally popular in the 1980s, especially in Latin America and Caribbean countries. Lambada has adopted aspects of dances such as forró, salsa, merengue, maxixe and the carimbó.
The word lambada means “strong slap” or “hit” in Portuguese. However, as dance form, lambada is of obscure etymology.
The French group Kaoma recorded a number one worldwide summer hit “Lambada”, sung in Portuguese, which sold 5 million singles in 1989. The song peaked at #46 in the United States in 1990 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.