Semba Level 1

Introduction to Semba

  • Starts 15 Sep
  • 1 400 svenska kronor
  • Falkgatan 7, Gothenburg, Sweden

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Class description

Semba is traditionally and culturally important both as a music genre and a dance form from Angola. Semba has a versatility of sound. It can be sensual and very energetic, communicating many different emotions and the way of living. Often it is a cautionary tale or other types of tales such as events and daily life. It is and has been present at many different types of gatherings such as funeral ceremonies, parties, birthdays, weddings and good harvest. The semba dance was originated in the 17th century in the coastal areas of Angola. The dance is based on stepping, like pusing into the sand, and focuses on different combinations of steps. The steps are fairly quick, playful and the structure of the dance has much room for improvisation. Early Portuguese settlers described semba as Angolan Merenge. Semba is the mother of kizomba and is related to other more carneval related dance styles such as Kuduro, Rebita and Kazukuta, Kabetula, Maringa, Caduque, Cidralia and Dizanda. It is also believed that enslaved Africans brought semba to Bahia in Brazil during the transatlantic slave trade and that semba, in this way, gave birth to Brazilian samba. Currently, semba is popular globally and has evolved to be more playful with comedic expressions, improvisation and sometimes acrobatic elements. The acrobatic elements are mostly present in one of the two main types of semba; semba rapida. The other main type of semba is the slower, semba lenta or cadencia. At the course you will get two know moves from both types and relate these to the differences in the music. * All our courses are held in collaboration with Studieförbundet Studiefrämjandet