The recent year the Kizomba dance became very popular under the salsa community on the tropical island of Bali. Many locals, expats as well tourists in Bali who love to dance the night away at The Late have a warm heart towards the Kizomba dance and music. But what is Kizomba exactly and where does it comes from? Let us explain this for you.


The origins of kizomba can be traced back from the 70’s from the city of Luanda in Angola. Some even say that this popular music scene was already created in the late 50’s. Kizomba is an Angolan word that means “party” in the Kimbundu language which is one of the most widely spoken languages in the country of Angola.

With the influences of the traditional Semba from Angola and Zouk from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe mixed with the African rhythm, the Kizomba dance was born.

In the early 1980s, the kizomba dance was slowly spread to other Portuguese-speaking countries, such as Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Brazil and even the former Indonesian island of East Timor. Nowadays you see and hear the Kizomba dance and music all over the world. So, no wonder that the Kizomba is also now these days very popular on the island of Bali.


Kizomba music is characterized by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm. The Kizomba dance is known to be a more sensual compering to other Latin African dances. At kizomba the woman leans lightly against the man and allows herself to be led by him. Kizomba can be successfully danced with only four or five moves, which makes this dance more accessible for those who have never danced before. If you compare Kizomba with other dances such as salsa, bachata and merengue, most new dancers prefer to start with Kizomba.


At The Late in the heart of Seminyak, we are happy to be involved together with Sabor Latino Bali of introducing the Kizomba dance and music in Bali. We are open 5 nights a week from Wednesday to Sunday from 10pm till late and offer a wide variation of the hottest hits in Bachata, Kizomba and Salsa. Check out our events and come dance the night away in Bali’s only Live Latin Club.


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