Kizomba – the history of dance
If many modern dances can boast a rich long history, then things are a bit different with kizomba. Until the 80s of the last century, few had ever heard of the official name of such a dance. It’s just that young people in Africa gathered for noisy parties, celebrated various major and minor events in their lives, had a good time and, of course, danced. In all this atmosphere of celebration and general fun, Kizomba was born – a sensual and vibrant, energetic and plastic African dance.
If you want to know about the roots of kizomba, different sources will tell you different things. Someone claims that Angola is the true birthplace of the dance, someone will name Cape Verde as the point of origin, and someone will send you to search for the origins in distant Sao Tome. And these are just a few of the countries that compete for the title of the founder of Kizomba, the cradle of this dance, which has rapidly conquered the whole world. In fact, the place of origin does not play a particularly strong significance, and to reconcile the arguing people they often just say – kizomb belongs to Africa. And this is not only the most compromise, but also the most faithful option, since it is in the kizomb that the developed dance culture of the “black continent” is reflected.
From country to country, kizomba changed and throughout its existence it went hand in hand with the music of the groups, to which this dance danced. Johnny Ramos, Suzanna Lubrano, Kassav ’- these and many other names will say a lot to kizomba lovers and researchers of its history. The fate of the dance was such that until its arrival in Europe in the late 90s, it changed and transformed. That is why modern European kizomba is more reminiscent of a mixture of merengue and salmon, which brings it most closely to the Angolan musical tradition.
As in the case of many other dances and even music, in Europe, kizomba for a long time existed only in apartments and at parties of African migrants and students who came to study at prestigious universities of the Old World. However, the dance gradually grew into such a closed format and began to spread more and more – first England, then Poland and other European countries. Already in 2009, the first kizomb championship was held in Warsaw, in which the best couples fought for the title of winner.
Today, kizomba is one of the most common new dances in the world. It is studied in many schools, it attracts with its energy and simplicity at the same time. Kizomba is the music of the body, a dance whose movements the music itself tells you. Good kizomba teachers will not only be able to teach you how to dance – they will remove all your social clamps from you, help you relax and feel your body. This is a wonderful dance for everyone who wants to give free rein to their internal energy and does not want to engage in too ossified and academic forms. Kizomba will give you a new feel for yourself and your partner.