Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance originating in Angola. It is a derivative of traditional Angolan Semba. On this basis, Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm. Kizomba music is derived primarily from Zouk. Unlike Semba, Kizomba music is characterised by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm Zouk, sung generally in Portuguese.
Today, Cape Verdean singers have gained a wide popularity with many famous Kizomba compilations, including singers such as Suzanna Lubrano, Johnny Ramos, Nelson Freitas, Mika Mendes. As a matter of course, a lot of people are uncertain about the origins of Kizomba music and believe it comes from Cape Verde because of their important role in Kizomba music production today. Typical music styles from Cape Verde are funana, morna, coladeira and batuque. Thanks to the French Antilles compas music and the strong influence of Kizomba (from Angola), Cape Verdean singers have develop their own version of Kizomba and zouk (mixing it with colladeira) known as cabo love, cola-dance, cola-zouk, cabo-swing and ghetto zouk. Moreover, every lusophone country has developed its own Kizomba music flavour.
At the beginning of its development, Africans were dancing Semba, and other dances at a slower tempo according to the beat of the Kizomba music. Technically speaking, Semba danced romantically to Kizomba music is the basis of the Kizomba dance.
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