Royalty Free Zouk / Kizomba Instrumentals
Zouk Instrumentals for artists, singers.
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What’s the different between Zouk / Kizomba?
When most people hear or see the word Zouk, it’s synonymous with Brazilian Zouk. However, Zouk and Brazilian Zouk are two separate dances and it’s important that dancers understand “Zouk” and it’s history/origins.
Zouk is why we dance Kizomba and Brazilian Zouk today. Zouk as a music and dance genre originated from Martinique and Guadalupe which eventually traveled across oceans and developed into new dances.
People are often confused about Brazilian Zouk and Kizomba music.
Zouk – Zouk originated from the Caribbean Islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Zouk is what you would dance at a family bbq on the weekends. There were no classes or formal moves, it was just something that you grew up doing and was part of every day life. This music genre grew in popularity by a French Antillean band in the 1980s called Kassav’.
Kassav ‘is a Zouk formation from Guadeloupe. The band was the first to introduce the Zouk genre. Since the band’s inception, Kassav ‘has gained popularity in the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.
Kizomba – Kizomba is an Angolan dance with heavy influence from Cape Verde. It’s a closed danced where you embrace your partner closely and is danced slower than Zouk. There was influence from the group Kassav’, along with Semba and other influences. This too, was a low-key dance that every one grew up dancing to. Many new sub-styles of Kizomba have since emerged like Tarraxinha and Urban Kiz.
Kizomba grew as a music/dance genre when dancers moved to different parts of Europe. Since then, Kizomba has grown tremendously and is spreading rapidly all over the world.