If you have been dancing kizomba for a while, you may have heard/read somewhere that kizomba music is loosely described as a variation, an extension, or a mere interpretation of zouk, the music genre that many Africans fell in love with in the 1980s, thanks in part to the popularity of Kassav, the legendary Caribbean band that took the continent by storm. What is often … Continue reading BREAKING DOWN KIZOMBA MUSIC
INTRO: ORAL TRADITIONS African people have a rich oral tradition that insures the passage of cultural practices from one generation to the next. Scholars such as Malmusi, 1990; Rycroft, 1962, Stone,1982 argue that oral literature and music are intimately connected in most parts of Africa and are often impossible to separate (Shelemany in Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicans, 2001). Listening has been an important … Continue reading What is Kizomba?