Categories Kizomba

Kizomba is an evolution of the traditional dances of Angola semba, however, it is evident that kizomba dance as we know it today evolved after the vogue of kizomba music. Since the 1950s, Angolan people used to dance semba. This tradition remained unchanged even when the group Kassav from the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe came to perform zouk music in Angola in the 1980s. 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/zouk 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. There is a considerable difference between kizomba "the music" and kizomba "the dance»: Kizomba "the dance from Angola" has no zouk influences. Kizomba "the music" has zouk influences from Guadeloupe and Martinique.

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