A new momentum in the universe of latino dancers, the kizomba or « kiz », with more adepts than ever! Will you fall for it??
We could link it with the zouk but a little overview of its origins will show that it’s not exactly the same thing! Let’s go!
Kizomba is both a dance and a musical genre which appears in Angola in the late 80’s / early 90’s. Its notes remind us of the Zouk; the latter, once arrived there, has been mixed up with the traditional Angolan music (the semba): kizomba was born!
Sung in Portuguese at the beginning, it firstly spread to the Portuguese-spoken countries (like Angola), then in the European countries and at last in the United States.
Today, it has conquered all languages, which we find rather pleasing!
Currently, the musical production is quite concentrated on Cape Verde and the sounds of the recording studios have replaced the African instruments.
Conveying new rhythms, it appears in France a little before 2010 with a practice that is very far of the Angolan style.
Firstly, you have to like fun: there’s a reason why it means « party » in one of the main language talked in Angola.
Then, you have to be fully connected to your partner.
Even more than the number of figures or tricks you have to perform, that criterion gives all its power to the couple on the dance floor.
This harmony explains all the magic of kizomba and the huge enthusiasm it generates today. Even those who don’t dance are attracted by this combination of sensuality, jerking and languor.
It’s a freestyle dance (with no choreography) in which you can make figures and use your imagination. The guiding relies upon the four members and that’s the reason why contact and complicity between the partners is essential.
The dance is guided by the leader (mostly male) and the partner (mostly female) follows the guiding and lights it up with her feminine wavings.
Dancing kizomba is a unique experience, to enjoy as much as you like…
Now then, ready to vibrate on this romantic music for a very very sensual dance?
In Angola, there are very few differences between semba (close to the Brazilian samba) and kizomba in the steps. Even if the presence of many Cubans, enlisted in the civil war between 1975 and 2002, could have slightly influenced kizomba, through their dancing culture. The left hand of the man holds the partner by the top back according to a classical posture in semba.
With its internationalization, kizomba has also been influenced by tango and milonga, to the point of being sometimes called African tango. Some of the tango steps have appeared. Besides, the dancing line and the partners’ proximity are more marked.
In Cape Verde, kizomba is called passada. It’s also very different from the Angolan practice. The basics of semba are the same, but are danced in a very narrow square perimeter. The footwork is omnipresent, unlike exits (saida, pronounce sahida), which rarely occur.