Kizomba is a style of music and dance that originated in Angola, a country that was a Portuguese colony from 1920 to 1975. The meaning of the word kizomba is feast, in its original language, the kimbundu.
There are several versions about the origin of the kizomaba. After some studies it seems that the first musical genre that gave rise to the kizomba was the vele, a dance and music that the slaves who came to Martinique from Africa danced.
Although there are other versions that claim that the dance of Kizomba, was born as such in the decade of the 80, in Luanda, the capital of Angola. There were several Angolan artists who started creating songs derived from the Semba, the fashionable dance in the 50s and 60s along with other traditional dances, which conquered the public.
The Semba is still very present in the culture of Angola and is usually danced at parties and celebrations.
The kizomba has been dancing for years and is very popular in Portugal, Cape Verde and of course in Angola. Although nowadays it is danced in many countries, as in France, Spain, England, Belgium and the United States and it seems that it will continue to spread.
How to dance it
The kizomba is a somewhat sensual, slow dance, characterized by movements of hip rotation and knee flexion.
It is perfect for anyone who wants to start in the world of dance, since their basic steps are easy and dance with a lot of smoothness.
In the beginning the kizomba was a more static dance without laps, which consisted of hitting the torso and sensual hip movements.
As it has spread throughout Europe, it has evolved and we can find everything from passive, short and long with rapid movements of feet, and although it is still very important that the torso of the dancers remain in contact, there are moments or figures in which the contact is lateral and resembles more the Argentine tango by the movement of interlacing the legs that is made.
Where can we dance Kizomba?
As I said, there are many countries where kizomba has spread, but certainly for us, the best places to do it are Cape Verde and Lisbon, there are great teachers and a very kizombero environment that allows not only to know and learn or improve the dance, but enjoy the culture that surrounds it.
And to make you want to learn to dance Kizomba, we leave you this video.
See you soon on one of our kizomber trips! 😊