Kizomba Means “Party” in Angola The word kizomba means “party” in the Angolan language, and there’s no doubt that the catchy beat of the Kizomba dance makes people want to have a good time. Kizomba originated in the 1980s and exploded onto the scene in Angola during the 1990s after the singer Eduardo Paim featured the dance in his songs. It is famous for its electric percussion, which provides a clear beat to dance partners, al- though the beat is not necessarily fast. Kizomba is a partner dance where both dancers perform very close to one another with overly exaggerated movements, somewhat akin to salsa dancing.

Kizomba requires dance partners to perform close to one another with exaggerated movements.



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