You may have heard of the dance style of Kizomba but did you know that it’s also a music genre? Do you know the origins of this sensual, melodic music?
Don’t worry if you don’t because I am here to help you with that!
Kizomba music originates from Angola. The word ‘Kizomba’ means dance in Kimbundu, a Bantu language spoken in Angola. Normally sang in Portuguese, Kizomba tends to have a slow, insistent and sensuous rhythm. Although it’s origins are attributed to Angola, many Lusophone African countries (Portuguese-speaking African countries) were also influenced by this music leading to a production of variations of Kizomba music and artists from countries such as Cape Verde, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and Equatorial Guinea (since 2011).
What we know today as Kizomba is the fusion of traditional Semba music with Zouk music. In-fact in Angola, there is difference between the Kizomba and Semba dance. However, both visually and in its development, the music Kizomba and Semba are totally different. Kizomba music and dance have long been in Angola, Portugal and Cape Verde but they have spread various countries such as Spain, France, Belgium, England and even China.
My introduction to Kizomba music was back in 2013 at a Kizomba dance class, where our teacher was taking us through the 3 basic moves of kizomba to the sound of Kaysha’s cover of ‘Drunk in Love’ by Beyonce.
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Here are some more Kizomba artists that I love listening to:
Nelson Frietas from Cape Verde:
C4 Pedro from Angola:
Don Kikas from Angola: Slightly faster pace than the above but still just as sensual