Interpreter of the enduring Afro-Brazilian hit was targeted by thieves, police say
Loalwa Braz, the Brazilian singer best known as the voice of the 1989 global hit “Lambada,” was found dead in a burned out car near her home in a coastal town outside of Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian police have detained three men in what has been described as a robbery gone awry, according to the Brazilian news site globo.com. Braz’s body was discovered in the burned out vehicle on Thursday (Jan. 19).
Braz was a vocalist with the French group Kaoma, which had overnight success with “Lambada,” originally titled "Chorando se foi." The track was a cover of a Bolivian folk song ("Llorando Se Fue"), set to the Afro-Brazilian lambada rhythm derived from the folkloric carimbó style.