In 1981, popular Bolivian folk band Los Kjarkas recorded their sixth album Canto a la Mujer de Mi Pablo. The album included the song Llorando Se Fue - over the next decade the song became a worldwide hit with authorized versions in at least 42 languages. In 1984, Peruvian group Cuarteto Continental introduced the accordion to their successful upbeat version. In 1985, Brazilian singer Marcia Ferreira covered the song in a Portuguese language version. In her upbeat version with added accordion she set the song to the popular Brazilian dance and rhythm of the Lambada. The popular Brazilian couples dance and accompanying rhythm was gradually gaining popularity across Brazil since 1976. The Lambada dance, also known as the forbidden dance, was based on the popular Carimbo dance - which was itself inspired by the Maxixe, the original "forbidden dance" from the 1920's. Ferreira's Lambada-infused cover of Llorando Se Fue earned her the title "The Queen of Lambada". In 1989, French-Portuguese band Kaoma released an unauthorized and uncredited cover of Marcia Ferreira's version. Their song titled Lambada, also recorded with Portuguese lyrics, became a worldwide hit and sensation selling more then 5 million copies. The song was the biggest European single ever for CBS records. Prior to Koama's plagiarized hit song, there had already been numerous popular dance versions of Llorando Se Fue in an array of languages. In 1990, the songs original composers, Los Kjarkas, sued the French producer of Kaoma. In an out-of-court settlement the Bolivian band and it's record label EMI were given proper credits and 50% of the song's revenue.
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