Semba is a traditional type of music from the Southern-African country of
Angola. Semba is like most genres of african music is highly influenced by Kompa(music of Haiti). Semba is the predecessor to a variety of music styles originated from Africa, of which three of the most famous are Samba(from Brazil), Kizomba(Angolan style of music derived directly from Zoukmusic) and Kuduro(or Kuduru, energetic, fast-paced Angolan Soca music, so to speak).
Barceló de Carvalho, the Angolan singer popularly known as Bonga, is arguably the most successful Angolan artist to popularize Semba music internationally; it generally being categorised as
The subject matter of Semba is often a
cautionary taleregarding day-to-day social events and activities, usually sung in a witty rhetoric. Through Semba music, the artist is able to convey a broad spectrum of emotions. It is this characteristic that has made Semba the premiere style of music for a wide variety of Angolan social gatherings. Its versatility is evident in its inevitable presence at funerals and, on the other hand, many Angolan parties.
Semba is very much alive and popular in Angola today as it was long before that country's independence from the Portuguese colonial system on
November 11, 1975. Various new Semba artists emerge each year in Angola, as they render homage to the veteran Semba masters, many of whom are still performing.
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