[DISCUSSION] How One Song Turned To Another: “Llorando Se Fue” to “On The Floor”

In 1982, the Bolivian group, Los Kjarkas, released the song, "Llorando Se Fue" (He/She/They Went Away Crying). This song is based on the Afro-Bolivan Saya rhythm, which is a slow, sad, and steady, (and also has a dance that goes along with it). The song became incredibly popular in Latin America, and soon after, cover versions sprang up everywhere. The most iconic part of the song, it the Andean Pan Flute that plays the main melody (which most people will recognize first).

Los Kjarkas' Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtEM-FhZ3hs

In 1984, a Peruvian group, Cuarteto Continental, produced the first upbeat version of the song, speeding up the rhythm. The rights were then purchased by Brazilian singer Marcia Ferreira, who sped up the song even more, incorporating the accordion used on the Cuarteto track, and singing it in Portuguese as "Chorando Se Foi". This was then covered by the French-Brazilian band Kaoma, whose 1989 version titled "Lambada" sold 15 million copies around the world. The producers were then sued successfully by Los Kjarkas when it was found that they didn't properly credit nor get permission to publish.

Marcia Ferreira Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcvqDI4TL6o

Kaoma Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyLdoQGBchQ

Throughout the 1990s, Thai, Hindi, and Cantonese covers of the songs were released by various artists, and in January 2011, Puerto Rican artist Don Omar released a fast-paced, Reggaeton song, "Taboo" which samples the Kaoma and Ferreira versions in the chorus and the bridge. One month later, Jennifer Lopez's "On The Floor" (ft. Pitbull) was released, incorporating the sample in the hook and the song's intro. "On The Floor" went on to sell 11 million records worldwide.

Don Omar's "Taboo": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRWqYR3e7xE

Jennifer Lopez's "On The Floor": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4H_Zoh7G5A

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