Brief history of Kizomba

Kizomba is the result of evolution. It describes both a style of music and a dance style.

The word Kizomba means “party” in the Kimbundo language, one of the most widely spoken languages in Angola, belongs to the Bantu ethnic group.


The Kizombadas are an Angolan expression used in the 1950s, it refers to the celebration of a great feast, although then there was no link with dance or music as we know it today.

Traditional dances such as Semba, Kabetula, Kasukuta, Maringa, Caduque, Rebita, Cidralia and Dizanda were the predominant ones at that time. In Luanda, the Angolan capital, they are danced during the “Carnaval da Victoria”. This carnival and Lobito carnival, in the province of Benguela, perform these popular dances promoting Angolan culture.

The traditional Angolan dances were mixed with other dances of European and Latin American origin, such as merengue and tango.
In addition to Angola, Kizomba is also danced in other Portuguese-speaking countries such as Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, East Timor, Brazil and the territory of Macao.



However, its popularity is also growing rapidly in the rest of the world and is currently being danced in Portugal, UK, France, Belgium, Spain, Netherlands, Luxembourg, USA, as well as Poland, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Serbia.

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