Kaoma was a French-Brazilian recording act made up of former members of the band Touré Kunda: Chyco Dru (bassist), Jacky Arconte (guitarist), Jean-Claude Bonaventure (producer and keyboardist), Michel Abihssira (drums and percussion), Fania (vocals), and Loalwa Braz (lead singer), Chico & Roberta (dancers). Chyco Dru is from Martinique, Jacky Arconte from Guadeloupe, and Loalwa Braz from Brazil.

Kaoma
OriginParis, France[1]
GenresLambada, zouk, worldbeat
Years active1988–1998, 2006–?
LabelsEpic, Atoll
Associated actsTouré Kunda, Chico & Roberta
Websitekaoma-lambada.com
MembersChyco Dru
Jacky Arconte
Etna Brasyl
Dyami
Alan Hoy
Past membersLoalwa Braz

CareerEdit

In 1989, they had a major chart-topping international hit with their dance music single "Lambada", a direct cover of the 1986 dance hit "Chorando Se Foi" by Brazilian singer-songwriter Márcia Ferreira, which itself was a legally authorized Portuguese-translated rendition of the original slow ballad "Llorando se fue" (1981) by Bolivian group Los Kjarkas.[2][3] Given Kaoma's clear act of plagiarism and release of their single without Los Kjarkas' permission, Los Kjarkas successfully sued.[4] "Dançando Lambada" and "Mélodie D'Amour" were the next two singles and were also hits, although they failed to earn the same success as "Lambada", which itself peaked at number 46 in the US Billboard Hot 100.[5] "Lambada" fared better in Europe, reaching number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[6]

Also in 1989, Kaoma released their first album Worldbeat which achieved worldwide success, becoming - along with Beto Barbosa - one of the legends of Brazilian lambada. At the 1990 Lo Nuestro Awards, Kaoma won two awards for Pop Group of the Year and New Pop Artist of the Year.[7]

In 1991, Kaoma released the album Tribal-Pursuit which provided the singles "Danca Tago-Mago" and "Moço Do Dende".

On January 19, 2017, Braz was found dead in her car.[8][9] Police arrested three suspects for the murder; several motives were suspected, such as a botched robbery or a revenge killing.

DiscographyEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
BRA US US Latin AUS AUT FRA GER NOR SWE SWI NLD
Worldbeat 1 40 1 17 16 14 21 11 41 6 12
Tribal-Pursuit 51
A La Media Noche
  • Released: 10 November 1998
  • Label: Atoll Music
  • Formats: CD

SinglesEdit

List of singles as main artist, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
BRA US US Latin AUS AUT BEL CAN NLD NZ SWI SWE EUR FIN FRA GER IRL ITA JAP NOR SPA UK
"Lambada" 1988 1 46 1 5 1 1 78 1 10 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 12 1 1 4 Worldbeat
"Dançando Lambada" 1 3 17 11 4 2 4 18 11 7 62
"Lambamor" 1989 Tribal-Pursuit
"Mélodie d'Amour" 15 11 43
"Donna con Te" 10
"Jambé Finète (Grillé) [Remix]"
"Dança Tago-Mago" 1991 8 3 10
"Mamãe Afrika"
"Moco do Dende" 1992 38 29 38
"A la Media Noche [Remix]" 1998 A La Media Noche
"Banto" 1999
"Lambada 3000" 2009 18 Non-album single

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pareles, Jon (1990-01-15). "Review/Pop; Lambada, Would-Be Craze by Way of Paris". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Márcia Ferreira's Official Site Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. Biography. marciaferreira.com.br
  3. ^ Céspedes, Gilka Wara (1993). ""Huayño," "Saya," and "Chuntunqui": Bolivian Identity in the Music of "Los Kjarkas"". Latin American Music Review / Revista de Música Latinoamericana. 14: 52–101. JSTOR 780009.
  4. ^ Saenz de Tejada, Nacho (1990-05-29). "Kjarkas: "La lambada es un dolor"". El País.
  5. ^ Kaoma: Billboard singles AllMusic.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 296. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ "Lo Nuestro – Historia". Univision (in Spanish). Univision Communications. Archived from the original on June 26, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Loalwa Braz, do Kaoma, é achada morta em carro incendiado, diz polícia". Gl.globo.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Lambada singer Loalwa Braz found dead in Brazil". BBC. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Associação Brasileira de Produtores de Disco". ABPD. Archived from the original on 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  11. ^ "Canadian certifications". Cria. Archived from the original on March 31, 2010. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
  12. ^ "French certifications (see: "Les ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "KAOMA")". Infodisc. Archived from the original on June 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-11.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 12, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 164 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  15. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Lambada')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 1, 2008.
  16. ^ "List of best-selling international singles in Japan". JP&KIYO. 2002. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  17. ^ "Goud / Platina | NVPI". nvpi.nl. Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  18. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2011-10-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ Steffen Hung. "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". swisscharts.com. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  20. ^ "www.bpi.co.uk/". bpi.co.uk. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  21. ^ French certifications See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "KAOMA" Infodisc.fr Archived 2012-03-07 at WebCite (Retrieved June 16, 2009)

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