Every Wednesday I will be introducing great kizomba artists from the PALOP community that usually don’t receive the recognition they deserve.
Kizomba music comes from all over the PALOP community, not just Angola. All mixes between zouk and Afro rhythms (not to be confused with Afro-house) are normally called kizomba, amongst PALOPS, regardless if the artists or bands are from Guiné-Bissau, Cabo-Verde, São Tomé and Prince, Mozambique or even the Congo (which is not a PALOP country).
This week is another special edition rolling out a series of “Greatest Hits” playlists. One disadvantage of today’s non PALOP kizomba DJs is that they were either not yet born or exposed to kizomba during a couple decades of some amazing music. PALOP DJs who live and breathe the culture remember hits from the 80s, 90s and beginning of 2000s and for them it’s more than just recognizing good music, it’s about music that makes us travel back in time.
Those who have been exposed to kizomba through its international explosion in the last five years, both non PALOP DJs and dancers, that are really interested in learning more about our beautiful culture I am creating a series of “Greatest Hits” playlists on YouTube. This week I’m starting with the 90s. Of course I am only scratching the surface with this list but I promise to keep adding more music. The idea is to not only share kizomba hits but all genres of music that made a big impact on PALOP dance clubs.
NOTE: PALOP – Portuguese-speaking African countries, also referred to as Lusophone Africa, consists of six African countries in which the Portuguese language is an official language: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe. Besides having a common language, the five former colonies of the Portuguese Empire share a strong “cultural identity, a similar system of governance and a long tradition of contacts and exchanges amongst themselves”. In 1992, the five Lusophone African countries formed an interstate organization called PALOP, a colloquial acronym that translates to African Countries of Portuguese Official Language (In Portuguese: Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa). The PALOP countries signed official agreements with Portugal, the European Union and the United Nations, and they work together to promote the development of culture and education and the preservation of the Portuguese language. Together with Portugal and Brazil in 1996, the Portuguese-speaking African countries established the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Portuguese: Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, abbreviated to CPLP).