The first time I heard Jennifer Lopez’s latest track, On the Floor, bells went off and I knew where I’d heard the instrumental before. I immediately started belting out the song I thought I knew, until Pitbull interrupted, making it clear that this was not the song from my childhood. Kaoma released their World Beat album the same year I was born, and the song Lambada was on rotation in my household for days at a time. I’m finding it hard to imagine myself bumping to Jennifer Lopez’s particular rendition of the track, because I’m always reciting the words to Lambada. I guess it’s true what they say, everything old is new. Plus, I’m kind of partial to the track that’s got all those elements of childhood nostalgia tied to it. I hunted down a copy of Kaoma’s Lambada, for my own personal listening (and comparing) party, you’ll find both tracks below.
Kaoma – Lambada
Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull – On the Floor