by José N'dongala

It’s Semba time!




For those willing to exert their Semba/Kizomba ear to easily recognize Semba en Kizomba music and dance on it properly.


Please find below a genuine Semba mix with several Semba musical expressions and all kind of harmonisation. Enjoy!




Here are some precious academic advice to become an expert with a native perception and feeling.


1- Listen very carefully to “every instrument” “individually” so as to train your semba/kizomba musical ear. Keeping in mind that the focus of Semba is mostly on rhythmic motifs (or pattern).


2 – Do “NOT” keep your ears only listening to the beats. Because if you are not a native, listening to the beats only may mislead you.


3 – Follow the voice of the singer as often as possible even if you don’t understand the lyrics. It will train your ears to understand and learn how to dance on the “leading melody”.


4- Listen very carefully to the “backing vocals”. (Amazing songs mostly have “backing vocals”) ;-).


5- Every time the singer “stops singing”, you should listen to the “prevailing instrument” at that moment and “dance accordingly”.


6 – Listen carefully to the instrument (or instruments) “supporting the lead vocal” and “allow your feet” to beautifully “translate the vibes on the dancefloor”. These supporting instruments give you enough scope to write your own poem on the dancefloor.


7 – Listen carefully to the kind of “question and answer” (call & response) between the “leading” and the “backing vocals”. It will help you to be “involved” and really “get into the core” of the song.


8 – Try to listen to “all the instruments” at once so as to “experience” what I call a “musical taste explosion”. This may inspire a relaxing and a very satisfying “whoop of joy” as you dance. It’s normal! We, Angolans use to “shout out loud” and “make a lot of noise” on the dancefloor as we dance. It’s just our cultural way to enjoy much more. It’s very healthy!


As you follow these advices and academic tips, you will gradually and surely start enjoying our beautiful Semba music and dance with a more “native pronouciation” and “expression” with your feet. Yeah, you will “certainly inspire others to follow your steps”.


Attention: In this mix there is one song which is NOT semba. This music is song by Kota “António Paulino – title: Kota monane. It starts as of 25 min.


As of 30min10”, Carlos Burity – Paxi lami, is singing an extraordinary Semba song containing mostly all the Semba basic intruments with a prevailing basic rythm. This is a typical Semba with a beautiful melody, appropriate Semba orchestration, slow tempo with a “prevailing bongo (ngoma) rythm”. This is one of my preferable Semba songs.


Always remember this: Semba is joy, Semba is life, Semba is culture, Semba is health.


Good to know:

“Every Semba song is a Kizombada but it’s not a kizomba music”.


If you have any question, feel free to ask so as to learn it properly before the Semba boat leaves towards a bright destination full of fun and lots of joy.


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