Release: July 18, 2018
Kizomba dance originating in Angola is already well-known in Europe. It is all about the connection between a man and a woman, about human sensuality and is led by feelings and flow of music, reminiscent of Latin and with a hint of pop.
Kizomba is known for having a slow, insistent, somewhat harsh yet sensuous rhythm as the result of electronic percussion. It is danced accompanied by a partner, very smoothly, slowly and sensuously, and with neither tightness nor rigidity. There are frequent simultaneous hip rotations coordinated between dance partners, particularly in the quieter refrains of the music.
The origins of Kizomba can be traced to late-1970s Africa, with influences variably attributed to Angola. Kizomba is characterized by a slower, romantic, more sensuous rhythm than the traditional Angolan semba dance. Kizomba music emerged as a more modern music genre with a sensual touch mixed with African rhythm and Haitian compas. Most Kizomba songs are sung in Portuguese.
A couple dances Kizomba
Semba has been danced in the 1950s in Angola. 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 flavor of the Kizomba beats.