While Kizomba is open to the traditional and popular level, it also cuts across both the social, academic and lower class of Angolan society. The constant presence of dance in everyday life is the product of an appealing cultural context for the internalization of early rhythmic structures. Kizomba Dance has remained one of the social practices Angola is known for.
Kizomba is an Angolan Kimbundo terminology of linguistic expression which means “party” in Angola. It emerged in the ’80s with a fusion of Semba (a predecessor of samba) with other musical styles, namely Zouk. Dancing is accompanied by a partner, ideally, they stand very close to each other and move slowly, and can also be quick. It requires great flexibility in the knees, due to the frequent requirement of couples to move up and down, resembling a true music hall. The influence of the Angola kizomba is felt in most of Portugal and Lusophone Africa.
The dance has also been dubbed one of the world’s sexiest dance because of the opposite sex it involves. It is one of the major social attraction for tourists who come visit the East African country. One of the critics in the country, C4 Pedro, is known as King of Kizomba. Many people have tried to replicate the dance, but according to C4 Pedro who also teaches a Kizomba class, “They didn’t exactly teach Kizomba as he does in his class.”
Kizomba involves rocking your body with your hands and partner’s hands locked and swinging your buttocks from side to side. You can watch the dance here and practise it at your leisure time in this holiday.