Kizomba History of the dance
In this interview we asked Tomas Keita, to tell us about Kizomba History. Tomas is one of the dancers and instructors, who started the Kizomba explosion that is happening all over the world. If you don’t know at least his name, you are missing information about Kizomba 🙂 In our research to learn more about this beautiful sensual dance and its history, all the great dancers and instructors we talked to: Petchu, Helio Santos, Kwenda Lima, AfroLatin Connection, Ze Barbosa, Avelino Chantre, they all mention Tomas Keita as one of the first instructors together with Petchu and Ze Barbosa, who started the Kizomba dance movement in Lisboa,from which it spread to the rest of Europe and the world.
We are lucky enough to live 15m from Tomas Keita now, so we met him for coffee and interviewed him to hear his story and to know more about the beginnings of Kizomba dance in Lisbon, in his own words.
Tomas Keita is from Guinea Bissau, bordered by Senegal and Guinea. He started dancing in his early ages. A big part of his family is involved in music and dance, and he started with traditional dances and a dance called Pasada. He met Petchu in Lisboa, where he emigrated to. Petchu and Ze Barbosa were already teaching traditional African dances when they met, and they had started a project of teaching and spreading Kizomba. Tomas Keita joined that project and they all set the roots for this beautiful dance in Europe. Kizomba was a dance originally not well accepted in Lisbon, because it was danced by the emigrants in Lisbon. You could only find Kizomba in the discos where all these emigrants converged. The musicians were a great help to spread this new rhythm for Lisbon.
In the kizomba history, talking about dance, Petchu and Ze Barbosa, according to Tomas Keita’s words, are the ones that set the foundation for the basic in 3 counts that the Kizomba has. They already had a method of teaching when Tomas joined, and although he had been dancing already for a long time, he adopted their teaching methods.
Listen to the full interview for more details on the Kizomba History and Tomas’s History and on his views on Kizomba styles and music roots. And the end Tomas shares some beautiful words.
To get in touch with Tomas, you can connect with him on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tomas.dekizomba