This page is dedicated to all things music, related to kizomba. There is definitely an art to active listening in order to dance BETTER.
Many take it for granted how important it is to listen to the music in order to express it!
Here are some of the most popular songs from the past few years and take not of the artist names to explore their latest releases. Bear in mind many djs remake existing music and also create their own beats, making them un-commercial.
Kizomba music: Comes from zouk music, from Guadeloupe and Martinique (and zouk’s other is Kompa). A band from Guadeloupe known as Kassav had hit songs that travelled to Angola in the 1980’s and greatly influenced kizomba especially on the radio. The dance became a slowed down or romantic version of the already existing, up-tempo semba that has been in existence since the 1580’s (!). Brief summary 🙂
Kizomba music now has many ‘sounds’. It has a beat that can be layered upon many RnB songs (called remixes). Many djs or amateur music lovers use softwares to ‘kizombify’ any pop, classical, rock, alternative, chill, electronic genres and play it for niche markets all over the world. It’s more an underground movement, coming out of clubs, school dance socials, festivals and dj sites like soundcloud. Read about history here
You’ll hear dance terms associated with kizomba, like tarraxa, semba and kuduro, even fusion kizomba or urban kizomba. You’ll hear music terms associated with kizomba music, like ghetto zouk, cabo-love, quadradinha, tarraxhina, tarraxo, zouk bass, RnB remix, instrumental.
Kizomba Artists (there are many remixes by DJs and beatmakers that are amazing too).
* means they are my personal favourites. FYI, I am biased: I don’t like slower traditional zouk, depending on the melodies, and don’t play them at our socials, and am not big on romantic-sounding songs unless they are very intense. I like funk, rhythm, and minor keys. I like bite, spice and contrast!
To get started: For Beginner Kizomba Ears
*Looney Johnson *Mika Mendes Chelsy Shantel Chachi *2Much Atim *Ricky Boy *Neuza Perola *Vanda May Marcia C4 Pedro Big Nelo Elizio Nichols *Djodje Kaysha *Anselmo Ralph *Nuxito Denis Graca Ravidson Jennifer Dias Charbel
Stephanie’s TOP 10 Favourites: May 2015
Go find them yourself! You’ll discover more music that way!
1. Dj Taylor and Babylonia – Me Deixas Maluco
2. Raphael Vaaz – Oh na na Remix
3. Canuco Zumby – I’m a Boss
4. Tania Macauw – Vais me Bondar
5. Billy Family – Bem conchem
6. Yola Araujo – 6 da manha
7. Rei Helder & Lil Saint – Hoje eu Vou
8. Jivago – Avo Tete (semba)
9. Artist unkown – Scream – Remix.
10. Meganifico- So Swag
11. Os Skinny’s – Atrevido (As if I can stop at 10)
To get a wholistic view of great kizomba music, listen to my Parisian friend Ge’s very long playlist 🙂 It has 213 tracks. Holy moly. That should get you started!