Kizomba Music Genre: Part 1 (Kompa Vs Zouk)

There are various types of music you can dance Kizomba to, I am sure you noticed the difference in the music, rhythm, tempo and feeling. Also pay attention to how your mood and attitude changed to the music, that’s real dancing. There are more post with some simple comparison of various music genre, in this post I will talk about Kompa (or Compa) and Zouk
Literally meaning “rythym” or “beat” in Spanish, kompa is a Haitian music genre with the stylings of Jazz elements, African rhythms, and Dominican merengue. It is sung in mostly Haitian Creole. This genre was made popular by Nemours Jean-Batiste around 1955. Kompa’s popularity took off likely due to the genre’s ability to improvise and hold the rhythm section steady. Kompa is the main music of many countries such as Dominica and the French Antilles.
Here is a sample of Kompa

Zouk has a fast rhythm and a strong beat. It is sung mainly in French creole. The meaning of “zouk” is translated to “festival,” which describes the music itself very well. This music genre (as far as I know) was introduced in the 1980s by Desvarieux, Pierre-Edouard Décimus and Georges Décimus. They were very popularly known as Kassav.
Here is a sample of Zouk

There are plenty more music genre: Coladeira, Ghetto Zouk, Cola Zouk, Kizomba, Afro zouk, Zouk Love, Gumbe, Cabo zouk, Cabo Love

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