Semba is a traditional Angolan dance and music style. It is originated from masemba that is mainly characterised by the connection of the abdomens of the dancers.
Just like in (Portugese) colonial times it is still one of the most popular genre in Angola. Because of its outspoken lyrics and various music structure it is commonly used for describing any emotions from general everyday topics to special messages. Thanks to semba new stlyes could be born like samba, kizomba or kuduro.
Kuduro (or kuduru) means in local (kimbundu) language something like tight bottom. It is originated from 1980s Angola. As the European and American electric music styles were more and more popular in Angola this ispired musicians to mix these with their own stlyes. It is characterised by pulsing beat and dynamism and it is easy to dance to it.
Tarraxa (also tarracha, tarraxa, tarraxinha) is a subgenre of kizomba, or according to “purist” dancers, a distinct genre of both music and dance. The common meaning of the word is screw. Tarraxa was invented in the 90s as a combination of kizomba and love zouk. This music is mostly created digitally by Djs; truly instrumental tarraxa does virtually not exist. Worthy of note that the ventoinha style of tarraxa dancing was introduced by Nelson Freitas’ and Rei Helder’s Dança ventoinha.