The Truth About Semba & Kizomba

Semba is a social dance from Angola.  A dance with an important history from a very culturally rich African country.  A dance that is passed from one generation to the next.
The beauty of semba as a dance is its classic footwork, posture and connection.

Semba gave birth to kizomba, an equally beautiful and classic dance.  Kizomba has no sexual body movements and the focus is NOT the bunda (booty) movement.  

Semba and kizomba are both family dances where age, size or beauty does not matter. Only the joy of dance.  Semba and kizomba are danced everywhere: in homes, clubs, streets, backyards, EVERYWHERE!  With mothers, sisters, children, friends and neighbors, with EVERYONE!

Semba is a social dance where the focus is on footwork and NOT TRICKS.  Semba and kizomba are classic family dances without sexual movements, where the focus is on the dance and not on the shape of your body.  

There is also SEMBA SHOW.  Semba show is about footwork and tricks.  Semba show is for competitions, shows, performances and among the new generation in backyard dance battles.  Unfortunately, what is taught in most festivals is not SEMBA, but SEMBA SHOW.

Doing 3000 tricks in one song does not make you a semba dancer, making sexual movements with your bunda (booty) does not make you a kizomba dancer.  Tricks are only for semba show and not for semba.  

It is clear that semba evolves from generation to generation, but the roots and the fundamentals are kept intact. The technique of each generation keeps improving to a higher level. THIS IS EVOLUTION.

6 thoughts on “The Truth About Semba & Kizomba

  1. Great post. Would love to read a post about the instruments involved in making Semba and Kizomba music. Do you know of any or are you writing one? 🙂


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