It is a rhythm of African origin, which was born as a result of the merger of Semba(Angola, Cape Verde) with Zouk (French Antilles). Its spread in Europe begins in Portugal, due to the notable Angolan population in this country, to then reach France and recently to Spain ...
Within this musical genre, several subgenres are distinguished: –Semba, which is the originalrhythm, characteristic for having cheerful energy and normally a lively rhythm(although not always). It is traditionally sung in Creole. –Kizombais a very cadencing rhythm, which includessweet instruments in its melody. It is usuallysung in Portuguese. –Zoukis a rhythm of Antillean origin, which hascharacteristics very similar to kizomba. It is typically sung in French. –Guetozoukis an evolution of kizomba and zouk, which fuses with R & B and the integration of synthesizers. –Tarraxais an evolution of semba and afro-house, characterized by having a slower and electronic rhythm.
Dance of African origin. It is very sensual, managing to convey a sense of peace and relaxation. It is danced like a couple in an embrace, creating an immense connection between the couple and the music. There are several styles:kizomba, kizombafusion, semba, urban kizz, tarraxa or tarraxinha…
–Kizomba is danced with simple steps and a melodic cadence, full of harmony and balances.
–Semba, which is the originaldance, is danced just like kizomba. Its music is usually more cheerful and lively, taking the dancers to a state of joy and play, where the manemploys his best tricks to surprise his partner.
– Urban kizzis a fusion style, which usually dances with more complex figures and requiresgreater technique and body control.
–Tarraxinhaisnormally a quieterstyle, where not so many figures or displacements are used, giving priority to hip movements, guided by the man in the form of an infinite embrace, developing an exceptional connection between the couple.