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What is Kizomba?

Kizomba is one of the fastest growing styles of dance and music in the UK, particularly in London, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Sheffield, Kent, Cheltenham, Nottingham, Belfast and Edinburgh.

The word Kizomba means “to party” in one of Angola's national languages. Kizomba is essentially Angolan in it’s stylistic origin and is characterized by its mellow and smooth sound which was influenced by Zouk music (East Caribbean Islands – Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, St Lucia, Haiti) Semba (from Angola) and lately a highlight of Rhythm and Blues.

Kizomba music is sung generally in Portuguese with a romantic and sensual flow accompanied by an African rhythm. It is played in Latin dance Clubs and currently is an omissible pulse of the Latin music scene.

Kizomba dancing arguably originates from Milonga (which also gave origin to Argentine tango). African descendents in Argentina created Milonga and it was exported back to it’s origins in Africa. People in Angola learned and danced ballroom dances at parties and adapted the basic steps to suit Angolan popular rhythms, thereby giving birth to Kizomba.

Kizomba is a delight to watch and incredibly stimulating to dance. It's a way to express one's authenticity as a person as well as emotions such as happiness, love and sensuality, through this urge we all share; the passion for dance.

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