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Dances in Angola
Dance in Angola, distinguishes various genres, meanings, forms and contexts, balancing the recreational aspect with its status as a religious communication vehicle, healing ritual and social intervention tool.

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Not restricted to the traditional and popular level, manifested both through academic and contemporary languages. The constant presence of dance in everyday life, is the product of an appealing cultural context for the internalization of early rhythmic structures .Starting by close contact of the child with the movements of the mother (on the back of which is transported), this link is strengthened through the involvement of young people in different social celebrations (young people are the ones that involve most) , where the dance reveals while determining factor of integration and preservation of identity and community feeling.

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After several centuries of Portuguese colonization, Angola benefits the mixture with other crops currently present in Brazil , Mozambique and Cape Verde. With this, Angola has a large variety of dance styles.

Dances in Angola, Welcome to Angola

Efundula - is the biggest party of girls at puberty and circumcision among the Lunda tchokwe with a big drumming designated txissela. During which the rule is the greater freedom between the two sexes. This current dance evokes quite the known prehistoric painting Consul (lerida), figuring women ritually dancing around a satyr, which represents the manifestation of the cult of fertility.

DANCE OF CONGO - is a theatrical dance that takes place in gravana outdoors, and performed during religious festivals. Each group of dancing Congo consists of a musical section (three or four drums, flutes and canzás) and a variable number of extras, all skilled dancers: the captain congo, the logozu the anju môlê (the angel who died), the anju cantá (the singing angel), the ope pó (figure executing various stunts) ulogi the wizard, zuguzugu (helper sorcerer), three or four fools, the djabu (devil) and ten to eighteen dancers soldiers .

ÚSSUA - Ballroom dancing, high gloss (a kind of African mazurka ), in which the pairs are led by a master of ceremonies, to the slow rhythm of the drum, the pito doxi (flute) and horn. All dancers wear traditional costumes: women skirt and kimono, shawl or plaid cloth; men bring straw hats and arm use an embroidered towel (for wiping the sweat from his face).

DEXA - Typical of Prince island, of Angolan roots. To the beat of a drum and a bugle, many couples perform dances wheel. The lyrics are often humorous, and imply a replica of the target. The Dexa is danced for hours, with only slight modifications.

Puíta & D'Jambi - probably with Angolan roots, the puita is a strongly erotic dance, in which the drum moves frantically, obsessive, sensual, into the night. Men and women form queues and the mix with some semi twirls make clashing bodies sexually explicit. When a parent leaves this world is the practice run a puita in his honor . Failure to adhere to this ritual can cause misfortunes in the family. But puíta is played on many other occasions and is one of the most popular forms of music in São Tomé.

BLIGÁ (or bludgeon game) - is a mix of dance and playful game where dexterity and physical force are allied to a sophisticated corporeality and gestures that sometimes do remember some oriental martial arts. The bligá (meaning fight ) was certainly as Capoeira in Brazil, a way for slaves exercise an art of self-defense without the authorities knowing about it.

But the most prevalent styles are:

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REBITA - is a genre of music and dance of Angolan hall that shows the vanity of gentlemen and ladies of adornment. Danced in couples in choreography coordinated by the head of the wheel, perform gestures gesturing bounties of the city light of their ladies, marking the compass step Massemba. The charm of the gentlemen and ladies are notorious vanity; while dancing in the hall continues to develop the exchange of glances and smiles between the pair are frequent. It is danced in marking two times through the song's melody and rhythm instruments.

KIZOMBA - is an Angolan Kimbundo terminology of linguistic expression which means "party" in Angola emerged in the '80s with a fusion of Semba (a predecessor of samba) with other musical styles, namely Zouk. Dancing is accompanied by a partner ideally very close to each other and slowly, and can be quickly. Requires great flexibility in the knees, due to frequent requirement of couples to move up and down, resembling a true music hall. The influence of the Angola kizomba is felt in most of Portugal and Lusophone Africa.

KUDURO : Style and Angolan music, recreational dance, individual display or group. Fusion of rap music, with typically African, created and mixed by young Angolans, enthusiasts and drivers of musical style styles, adapting the form of dance, hip dropping sideways at two times subtly characterizing the movement of the double bailonço. The South African dance called "Xigumbaza" which means confusion, it was danced by slaves miners while working dumb, deaf and only the voices of the boots were heard as a song of rebellion, adapting to the style of music Kuduro.

TARRACHINHA: is one of the modern dances of modern Angola. Unlike Kizomba, the Tarrachina is a form of dance slow and sensual.

CABETULA - dance style performed in the region of Luanda on festive occasions but properly the carnival season, for this reason it is sometimes known as the dance of Carnival Group União Mundo da Ilha.

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SUNGURA - Dance usual among the peoples of southern Angola (region of Huambo and Bie), also performed in traditional rituals and ceremonies, usually danced in groups.

KIMUALA - is a dance dedicated to the spirit Dinyânga (hunter) appears on the death of a great master of the hunt. In regions of Viana and Ilha de Luanda the same type of dance is called Mabalakata. Its rhythmic style gave way to the kind of dancing Semba in Luanda carnival. 

Dances in Angola, Welcome to Angola

SEMBA - is a popular Angolan music styles. The word semba means umbigada in quimbundo. It was also called drumming, dance wheel, Lundu, chula, gherkin and batucada, among others. A dance characterized by movements in which the man holds the woman by the waist and pulls her towards him, causing a collision between the two (Semba).