Semba is a walking dance that originated from Angola in the 1950s. The Kizomba dance is slower than Semba and has Tango and Milonga influences. The word "kizomba" means "party" and helped Angolans to escape the struggles during the civil war that ended in 2001.
Kizomba music was influenced from Semba & Zouk music in the 1980s. It is characterized by a slower & more romantic rhythm than semba, including influences from konpa, zouk & coladeira. Check out our Capital Kizomba - Kizomba Room Playlist that has a selection of kizomba/semba artists for you to start listening to. This playlist is not exhaustive but will get you started!