angolas kizomba dance mesmerises the world
Last Updated : GMT 12:45:25
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
Last Updated : GMT 12:45:25
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

Angola's 'kizomba' dance mesmerises the world

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice

Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Angola's 'kizomba' dance mesmerises the world

Kizomba is an Angolan dance performed by a couple in a close embrace
Luanda - AFP

In Mabor, a dusty and neglected corner of Luanda, the sound of a catchy beat rising means only one thing to the area's youngsters: time to dance the kizomba.

The Angolan dance is gaining worldwide popularity and has a committed contingent of students in Mabor who are drawn to class by its romantic rhythms.

"Stop! Boys stay still, only the girls move now. Like that, that's good!" said instructor Vitor Especao, wearing a bright purple shirt as he guided his pupils.

The dancers followed his instructions closely, their bodies twisting in ever more suggestive ways, watched intently by a group of mesmerised small children.

"It's what I really like about this dance -- the joy, the enthusiasm and the harmony," said Especao.

Kizomba's origins are hotly debated.

It has Angolan roots and draws on influences from the Caribbean and Cape Verde, but it was secured in the popular consciousness by singer Eduardo Paim only in the 1990s.

Its name means "party" in Kimbundu, one of the most widely spoken languages in Angola, and has even helped shape the semba, which is considered to be the nation's traditional dance.

The kizomba's swaying movements are performed by a couple in a close embrace but at a slower, more sensual pace than the semba.

Angolans quickly began taking up the kizomba.

"It's a very calm style, very suave. You don't move too much and you dance calmly," said Elsa Domingos Cardoso, a 22-year-old student.

"Whether it's the kizomba or the semba, dancing brings me joy."

- 'Everybody needs affection' -

In recent years the kizomba has begun to spread across the dance floors of Europe, before being taken up across the world.

"It's natural that it works everywhere," said Mario Contreiras, a keen amateur kizomba dancer.

"Everybody needs affection," said the Luanda-based architect, who has become something of an ambassador for the dance.

"Elsewhere in the world, when they discover a dance which comes from Africa in which people intertwine themselves even if they don't know each other... that really delights them."

Kizomba has become a fashionable phenomenon. It is already being taught in places as diverse as London, Paris, New York and Johannesburg, with festivals and workshops as far afield as Shanghai, Moscow, Tokyo, Mumbai and Auckland.

Angola has been better-known for its bloody civil war, its oil wealth or president Jose Eduardo dos Santos -- who stood down last month after ruling for 38 years.

But increasingly it is muscling in on the crowded global dance scene.

Local radio host Zelo Castelo Branco was at first proud of the attention that the dance was bringing Angola, but now he claims to no longer recognise the version performed overseas.

Exported too widely, the dance is beginning to lose its soul, he said.

"Everybody dances the kizomba, that's good. But those who are teaching it abroad are changing the style," said Branco.

"It's no longer a traditional, family affair that we can dance with our wives and children, our parents... it's extravagant -- it's nearly a tarraxinha," he said, referring to kizomba's more adult, percussive cousin which some Angolans refer to as the "karaxinha".

In largely Christian Angola, the tarraxinha is strictly the preserve of consenting couples.

- 'The kizomba is Angola' -

Mateos Vandu Mavila, the leader of a dance troupe that trains in Mabor, refuses to allow his team to perform the tarraxinha when they appear at weddings or festivals.

"It all depends on the age of those who are taking part in the celebration. We don't condone youngsters dancing the tarraxinha... It's way too sensual," he said.

Contreiras, the architect, is frustrated by the confusion between the kizomba and the tarraxinha.

"People are seeking to link the kizomba with sensuality and a level of eroticism (but) for us it's something very serious, it's our form of self-expression, our culture."

Contreiras joined the "kizomba in the street" project, initiated in 2012 in a bid to promote the dance and defend it from outside influences.

Every Sunday night he transforms Luanda's sea front into a giant dance floor -- free of charge and open to all.

"The goal is to promote the kizomba... to give those who don't yet know it an opportunity to learn it and to protect Angola's dance culture," said Manuel Miguel, 26, one of the team responsible for the Sunday night spectaculars.

"The kizomba is a mirror of who we are and for our culture. Angola is the celebration and the kizomba is Angola."

Source: AFP

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

angolas kizomba dance mesmerises the world angolas kizomba dance mesmerises the world

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

angolas kizomba dance mesmerises the world angolas kizomba dance mesmerises the world

 



Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017

GMT 08:36 2018 Monday ,22 January

Skincare PR Performance Full Year 2017
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way

GMT 10:28 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

New hunt for flight MH370 gets under way
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 12:12 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Five Saudi women pilots granted GACA licences

GMT 15:04 2018 Thursday ,30 August

Five Saudi women pilots granted GACA licences
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Turkey detains dozens more

GMT 10:11 2018 Wednesday ,24 January

Turkey detains dozens more
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice The Rake announces editorial updates

GMT 12:47 2018 Tuesday ,16 January

The Rake announces editorial updates
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Europe brings on charm and blue skies

GMT 06:02 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Europe brings on charm and blue skies
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Sophisticated Classic Dining Room Design Ideas

GMT 12:15 2017 Monday ,18 December

Sophisticated Classic Dining Room Design Ideas
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Arab Coalition Forces kill scores of Houthi commanders

GMT 12:46 2018 Thursday ,30 August

Arab Coalition Forces kill scores of Houthi commanders
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice Amazon to open first cashierless shop

GMT 05:18 2018 Tuesday ,23 January

Amazon to open first cashierless shop

GMT 10:18 2018 Thursday ,30 August

Iran incapable of closing Hormuz, Bab Al Mandeb

GMT 16:17 2018 Thursday ,30 August

Five Saudi women pilots granted GACA licences

GMT 12:37 2016 Friday ,02 December

IOC gives backing to Tokyo's warring factions

GMT 13:14 2011 Saturday ,17 December

George Wassouf: I\'m alive!

GMT 08:55 2017 Wednesday ,11 January

5 UAE officials among 56 killed in Afghanistan bombings

GMT 05:13 2016 Sunday ,08 May

Factfile of German champions Bayern Munich

GMT 11:27 2017 Monday ,03 July

Dar Al Ber secures AED1.7 million value

GMT 13:30 2017 Sunday ,08 October

US Gulf Coast as a fast-moving hurricane

GMT 15:32 2017 Saturday ,16 December

Aubameyang puts Lamborghini up

GMT 06:55 2017 Wednesday ,15 March

2M TV Host Mocks People With Bipolar Disorder

GMT 08:13 2017 Wednesday ,06 December

Al Ajamy praises mosque school idea

GMT 09:50 2016 Wednesday ,21 December

Venezuela reopens Colombia, Brazil border crossings

GMT 14:57 2017 Sunday ,08 January

17 dead as Yemen loyalists attack rebels

GMT 15:48 2017 Wednesday ,25 October

Emirates, Seeing Machines pave way for enhanced safety

GMT 11:18 2016 Thursday ,25 August

Sepp Blatter mounts final FIFA ban appeal

GMT 11:32 2017 Friday ,10 February

Smashes double ton as India pummel Bangladesh

GMT 20:44 2011 Saturday ,12 November

Immortals

GMT 14:22 2014 Friday ,22 August

Why ER nurses do what they do?

GMT 18:17 2016 Saturday ,25 June

DEWA ready for largest-ever WETEX

GMT 08:04 2012 Thursday ,26 January

ZDF covers news with LiveU

GMT 04:30 2013 Wednesday ,28 August

A new coalition and old illusions
Emiratesvoice, emirates voice
 
 Emirates Voice Facebook,emirates voice facebook  Emirates Voice Twitter,emirates voice twitter Emirates Voice Rss,emirates voice rss  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube  Emirates Voice Youtube,emirates voice youtube

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

Maintained and developed by Arabs Today Group SAL.
All rights reserved to Arab Today Media Group 2021 ©

emiratesvoieen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen emiratesvoiceen
emiratesvoice emiratesvoice emiratesvoice
emiratesvoice
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice, Emiratesvoice