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Will the world start swaying to Angola's Kizomba?

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Will the world start swaying to Angola's Kizomba?

Will the world start swaying to Angola's Kizomba?

Dancers in Angola's capital Luanda believe Kizomba - a dance and music genre that began in the 1980s - could be a tourist draw.

Matthew Larotonda reports.

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Night has fallen over Angola's Luanda Bay, but the waterfront is alive with couples swaying to the sensual beats of Kizomba music.

The dance and music genre was developed in the Angolan capital in the 1980s and swiftly become a part of the cultural identity.

But more recently it's spread to Portuguese-speaking countries and beyond and dancers here believe Kizomba, which means "party" in one of the country's official languages Kimbundu, could give the country's tourism sector cause to celebrate.

(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) KIZOMBA DANCER, MARLY BAPTISTA, SAYING: "Kizomba can influence tourism and in our economy because there's a lot of foreigners that would like to come to Angola to dance.

Therefore we should take advantage of that and create better conditions for us to properly receive them here." Four decades since it emerged Kizomba has spread, partly via social media and competitions, workshops, and parties have cropped up all over the world.




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