The word lambada refers both to the rhythm, a fusion of carimbó and merengue, and to the dance, which incorporates elements of forró, samba, merengue and maxixe (the 19th century Brazilian dance which was a tremendous success in Europe). The dance is sexy, yes, but it is danced by all kinds of people, of all ages and sexes, without the "dirty" connotations given to it by very bad Hollywood movies. It's very graceful, fast-paced, and believe me, when you have to move your feet and body that fast on the dance floor without tripping all over yourself and falling on the dance floor, the LAST thing on your mind is sex...Anyway, the rhythm originated in the Amazon, was later adopted by Bahians, who proceeded to create the steps...and the rest is history!
If you can read Portuguese, the site called Bregapop.com is a good place to read all about and listen to the different rhythms from the state of Pará, such as guitarrada, carimbó, lambada, tecnobrega, etc. You can also watch videos of bands and dance classes.
Music & Folklore
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