Kizomba

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.

Kizomba music was born in Angola in the late 1970s beginning of the 1980s, evolving from traditional . On this basis, Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm. Unlike Semba, Kizomba music is characterised by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm. Given that Angola is a former Portuguese colony, Portuguese is the principal language spoken in Angola and thus, also most Kizomba songs are sung in Portuguese. However, early Kizomba songs were sung in and in other national languages of Angola.

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.

Kizomba is an evolution of the traditional dances of Angola Semba, however, it is evident that the Kizomba dance as we know it today evolved after the vogue of Kizomba music. Since the 1950s, Angolan people used to dance semba. In the 1990s, when the actual kizomba music got more and more popular, Angolan semba dancers started to adapt their semba steps according to the tempo and flavour of the Kizomba beats.

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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