STORY OF KIZOMBA

"Nunca pensei, imaginei, um dia amar assim",Tó Semedo - P'ra ti

- "Kizomba, it's danced by two people in just one body"
Kwenda Lima

Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance and music, originating in Angola¹².

The music.
It mixes influences of traditional Semba with Angolan merengue and Kilapanda (traditional Angolan music). The style Kizomba comes from when musicians started mixing Zouk with Semba - Kizomba was born. Kizomba music these days be found as a modern, popular music genre, with musical instruments and the traditional kizomba beat, a sensual touch mixed with african rhythm, and sometimes with digital beats (ghetto zouk for example). Unlike semba, kizomba music is characterised by a slow & clear rhythm, usually very romantic and generally sung in Portuguese. Kizomba is nowadays a very popular genre of music and have a variety of music-styles besides the traditional Kizomba; such as Ghetto-zouk, Zouk, Tarraxxinha, and these songs can also be sung in other languages like Creole, French and English, or be completely instrumental.

(1. Adebayo Oyebade. Culture and customs of Angola. p. 156.)
(2."Kizomba". Salsa Dancers. Retrieved 2013-02-24)
(3. "Eduardo Paim "Sou o precursor da Kizomba (in Portuguese). O País. Retrieved 2012-06-22)

The dance.
It was the Kimbundu name for a dance in Angola as early as 1894 - In Angola in the 1950s the expression "Kizombadas" referred to a party. There was no association of the word to a dance or musical genre. However, the dance known as "Semba", "Rebita", "Kabetula", "Maringa", already existed in the 50's and 60's. The music and style of Kizomba comes from a mix of the styles Zouk and Semba. Kizomba is a dance as young as the early 1980's, and so it is quite a "young" dance, compared to other common dances (Tango and Salsa for example).

Kizomba emphasizes a very smooth way of dancing, danced sensously accompanied by a partner. It has a connection in the upper body some say is similar to Tango, but one of the main differences is in the lower body, the smoothness in the steps, among others. It is a grounded dance, and a dance full of connection and musicality. It's usually danced on the beat, but sometimes with syncopated steps or slower steps on "double beat count" or even four beat or eight beat counts, as examples of the diversity of the dance. Musicality, dancing with the music is an important part of the dance.


It originated in Angola, and quickly become popular in Portugal as well, for historical reasons. After 2010 it has grown really popular in Europe & over the whole world, and with that also brought different styles of the music and dance. Examples of music:  Kizomba, Zouk, Ghetto-zouk, Urban kiz, Tarraxxinha. With these different styles of music also comes different ways to dance Kizomba - always with a similar feeling, and with the basic rules of the dance of course. With this other styles of dancing has develop and become popular as well, examples: Urban Kiz, Kizomba Fusion (fusion with different dances such as tango, hiphop, etc), tarraxinha - with other basics and not to be confused with Kizomba. There is really so much to say and write about the history  and about Kizomba - We hope this has given you some insight in where it comes from, what kind of dance it is, and that you will want to learn more.

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