- April 7, 2012
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The origins of Lambada dance came from “karimbo” – at the time whenBrazilwas a Portuguese colony (1500-1822 gg.) in the northern part of the country there was a popular dance called karimbo, that was very sensual dance of man and woman.Â Over time the dance has changed, and changed the music: because of the proximity to the Caribbean region, the Caribbean music culture had a strong influence on Brazilian music (even today we can feel it if you listen to Caribbean radio station in the northern states ofBrazil).Â This close relationship gave birth to some new rhythms – SirimbÃ³ and Lari Lari; so karimbo dance eventually changed so much that gave birth to practically new one. After some time theÂ localÂ radio stationÂ BelÃ©mÂ (capitalÂ of ParÃ¡)Â began to callÂ this new kind ofÂ musicÂ “percussionÂ rhythm” andÂ “the rhythms ofÂ Lambada”Â (the word lambadaÂ meansÂ a strongÂ rhythmicÂ beatsÂ of music).Â This lastÂ name “Lambada”Â became very popular andÂ becameÂ associatedÂ with theÂ new imageÂ of the oldÂ dance style.
LaterÂ people again began to dance karimboÂ in pairs, and it wasÂ very much likeÂ merengue,Â but had aÂ largerÂ number ofÂ spinning.Â In the end,Â a mixtureÂ of metalÂ and electronicÂ musicÂ of the CaribbeanÂ once againÂ changed theÂ face ofÂ karimbo,Â andÂ the musicÂ quicklyÂ spread throughout theÂ northeasternÂ region ofBrazilÂ (the mostÂ touristicÂ places), onlyÂ thisÂ newÂ “karimbo” wasÂ alreadyÂ calledÂ Lambada.
Lambada long traveled along the coast, and finally reachedBahia(the oldest of the Brazilian state), where it began to experience the effect of dance Forry (another old Brazilian style with the accented rhythm).Â Gradually, the timing of Lambada from a 4 / 4 changed to 2 / 2, so it can be confidently said that it was then lambada completely lost its resemblance to the karimbo. Lambada was danced with bent legs, steps were made from side to side and never from front to back.Â In a fashion were tight skirts, and it happened so that they began to be associated with the lambada, and lambada – with them.Â Even nowadays in some places (for example in Â«LambarÂ» – in the nightclub of the city ofSao Paulo) we can steel meet the classic couples: a lady in a narrow skirt and a man in long trousers. (Kempley 1990)
Together with the Â«Trio-eletricosÂ» (great mobile platform in which musicians perform dancing and singing during the Carnival) lambada began to spread along Bahia and settled in the town ofPorto Seguro.Â During the first boom of Lambada in the south-eastern region ofBrazil(the most economically developed) it refered to the rhythms that came fromBahia, and were assumed that all these rhythms live only in the summer and then die.
WhileÂ allÂ acknowledgedÂ that theÂ lambadaÂ wasÂ a realÂ rushÂ of the summer,Â many earlyÂ lambateriiÂ (placesÂ where theÂ lambada was danced)Â wewreÂ closed closed in winter when tourists left.Â However, lambadaÂ did notÂ dieÂ …
The story of LambadaÂ spreadÂ to EuropeÂ saysÂ thatÂ one dayÂ inÂ lateÂ summer,Â severalÂ French businessmenÂ cameÂ toBrazilÂ andÂ bought theÂ musicÂ rightsÂ to 300Â songsÂ in the style of Lambada.Â Then theyÂ returned toÂ FranceÂ andÂ organizedÂ a groupÂ Â«KaomaÂ»,Â investingÂ lot of money in itsÂ promotion.Â In that way theÂ lambadaÂ styleÂ became knownÂ throughout the worldÂ and reached even theÂ Far East,Â where itÂ has remainedÂ to this day. The world fever of Lambada was so strong that it even returned toBrazil, to the most economically developed south-eastern region, that has already forgotten it.Â The fact that today inBrazilthere are thousands of schools of ballroom dancing, great competitions and tens of thousands of dancers is a merit of the French Â«KaomaÂ» and their international success.
ThisÂ secondÂ waveÂ was calledÂ the SecondÂ BoomÂ of LambadaÂ and thisÂ event greatly influencedÂ the world culture.Â First of all lambadaÂ became an internationalÂ phenomenon, when millions of youngÂ peopleÂ againÂ began toÂ danceÂ in pairs, and evoked a wave of interestÂ to the Latin American culture.
Having spread around the world,Â the danceÂ has changed dramatically.Â Due to theÂ factÂ thatÂ in Europe there was lack of good dancersÂ of Lambada (forÂ example forÂ movies andÂ shows), mostÂ professionalsÂ hadÂ to makeÂ changes to it: theÂ lambadaÂ was addedÂ with whirlingÂ and steppe-likeÂ elementsÂ from jiveÂ and EastÂ CoastÂ swing,Â as well asÂ someÂ acrobaticÂ movements. Many dancersÂ have begunÂ to mixÂ lambadaÂ with otherÂ musicalÂ styles,Â tryingÂ to create somethingÂ newÂ andÂ unusual.