This article includes kizomba and semba dance performances from around the world. In addition, these video clips include champion kizomba & semba dance performances by dancers from around the world.
(Pedro Teixeira & Monica kizomba@Danca com as Estrelas 6th Gala, YouTube)
Kizomba & Semba Dance Performances
Semba is a West African dance that originated in Angola in the 1950’s and 60’s and is still popular today. Additionally, the semba dance is the predecessor of zouk and kizomba dance genres. Also, the semba and kizomba dance genres are very similar but danced to different styles of music. Generally, semba is faster while kizomba is slower, more sensual using electronic percussion.
Shall We Dance 2 – Semba dance performances by Roger & Rita (Latin Passion)
Fabricio & Sabrina @Semba Dance Performances, Improvisation Vol. 2
Kizomba originated in the 1980’s in Luanda, Angola. Thereafter, it spread to many of the Portuguese speaking countries including Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea and Brazil. Also, other dance genres heavily influenced the kizomba. For instance, it incorporated movements from Argentine tango, zouk and merengue. In addition, it is sometimes called the “African Tango.”
Kizomba Congress – Africadancar 2010 – Albir & Sara
The kizomba has spread to many countries across the globe. For example, Estonia, Poland, Serbia and Belarus and Canada, Australia, Egypt, Malaysia, Ghana and the United States all have kizomba dancing communities.
Dancacom Estralas 6th Gala – Pedro Teixeira – Kizomba
Globalization has heavily contributed to the present form of the Kizomba. For example, the salsa, samba, merengue, lambada, bachata, zouk and Argentine tango have all influenced the contemporarty kizomba.
Read more about kizomba at All About Kizomba Dance!