I AM KIZOMBA

I am Kizomba and this is My Story..

Kizomba describes both a genre of music and a dance style. In Kimbundu, one of the most widely spoken languages in Angola, Kizomba means “party.” The word “Kizombadas” refers to “a big party,” but has no correlation to the dance or the music as we know it today.

Kizomba the dance is a partnered dance that has only been around since the 1980s. Its style parent is Semba, a traditional dance that is still very much alive in Angola. Semba is characterized as a dance of steps – wide steps. It is mostly a fun dance that is also performed in pairs and danced at parties to Semba music.

Kizomba the dance is simply Semba danced to the rhythm of Kizomba music. The dance is known to be slow and sensual. It is smooth and flows with movements that are structured and require a lot of flexibility in the knees for the frequent up and down motion of the dance, lower body hip movements and “bunda” action. Kizomba is danced in a circle with forward and backward movements.

Due to the colonisation of the Portuguese in Angola, and the presence of Cubans during the Civil War, other forms of dance from Europe came to exist in Angola and fuse with the native styles and culture. Dances such as Cuban Son, Milonga and Tango have influenced Kizomba and this is why it has sometimes been described as the “African Tango.” In Angola, there is not a big difference between Kizomba the dance and Semba the dance. However, Kizomba music and Semba music differ dramatically.

Other traditional dances and carnival dances enjoyed in Angola were Rebita, Kasukuta, Kabetula, Maringa, Caduque, Cidralia and Dizanda.