Kizomba & Semba
Kizomba was born in Angola in the 1970’s and 1980’s as a dance and music genre. Kizomba is a word in Kimbundu, one of the most widely spoken languages in Angola that means “party”.
Kizomba was based on major musical influences from Zouk (Antilles) and has its origin in Semba, a popular Angolan music genre. The dance saw was developed before the music. The basic steps and body moves in Kizomba are based on Semba, a traditional Angolan dance, however, its character has changed. A special intimacy and connection of the dancing pair has come to the forefront, which can be found only in Kizomba.
Kizomba first migrated to other Portuguese-speaking countries such as Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, .., then to Portugal and the entire European continent. Kizomba has conquered the world in recent years and many Kizomba festivals are held every year all over the world.
Kizomba is a sensual dance, which is contagious, as a catchy melody and a dance which touches our souls. The allure of Kizomba is not in the many combinations and tricks; we completely give ourselves in to the music and create harmony between the two dancers on the dancefloor. The essence of Kizomba is in harmonious moves between the dancers, which are often expressed with an embrace and interpretation of the Kizomba music.
When two bodies dance as one, you can find they create an incredible energy that you will not forget soon. Kizomba is a dance that allows the pair to play with the music they are dancing to, and promotes empathic leading skills and complicity between man and woman.
Due to its softness and easy basic steps, it allows any novice to gradually evolve to more complex steps, and more importantly, it allows a beginner to enjoy the pleasure of social dancing in a short time.
Besides Kizomba and Semba let us point out other African dances, with their own energy and allure, which always invigorate audiences at mass festivals. The dances are: Tarraxinha, Kuduro, Afro House, Funana, Rebita, Morna, Coladera, Puita, Marrebenta, Gumbe, and others.
The sensuous African dance in pairs has spread like thunderbolt all over the world and has been present in Slovenia for the last 6 years.