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Imagine it’s Sunday ( 15-07) on a boring afternoon and the weather is delicious so you decide to get an ice cream and once you’re there, there comes a young man and he invites you for a pleasant afternoon, that young man he looks very charmer and so sweet and out of curiosity you say full-fledged yes and you go because yeah it is Sunday afternoon and there is little to do right? On your way there, he tells you with such enthusiasm all about this event that you have never heard of. Once at the event nothing is what you expected everything is new to you and you do not know what to do.
Although your thoughts tell you something completely different, your body says something very different to you, the longer you stay at the event the more your body moves to music. You start to see people around you starting to dancing in such way you haven’t see befor, before you know it, you are invited to dance and the dance moves are so amazing, your feets star to go from right to left, suddenly a new world opens up for you, Welcome to the Semba Gala Classic edition.
Start your summer with an event, that not only has to do with dancing but also with culture and fashion. I came to introduce you to a cultural event through this route. This event has everything to do with the histories of the country I came from Angola. Semba is a dance that represents Angola, it represents the culture and root of a country that has a rich culture and history to tell through music. As an Angolan woman who doesn’t have much knowledge about her roots, these types of events give me the opportunity to know more about the history of my country. Besides the dance itself ( Semba), who doesn’t like to dance and eat? Even though I have two left feet, I can enjoy good vibe special when there’s is food hahaha We all like music and I think that music has a very happy way of joining and bring people together and this event offers a lot more than music.
This event offers us the freedom to dance with songs that touch our hearts, and not only do they offer good music and good food but they also offer a workshop to everyone whom would like to learn Semba before the event start so. Because I like this event so much and I would like to write a long blog post about this amazing. But I had the chance to sit down with one the young behind this amazing event Letras Muvuma so he can tell me more about his event.
Who will organize this event?
18P: – This event will be organized by the 18th National
- Who is 18P and what does it stand for?
18P: -18pnacional means 18 national provinces of Angola and we are a commercial and cultural organization of Angolan events.
- What organizes you in the general?
18P: -We participate in the dissemination and maximization of the Angolan culture outside the country, organizing events that identify customs and habits of how it is celebrated in Angola
- Why are you organizing these kinds of events?
18P: – The reason we are encouraged to organize these types of events is to present the Angolan culture to other cultures and to socialize culturally.
What is Semba and where come it from?
18P: -Etymologically, “Semba” means “umbigada” in Quimbundo – Angola’s language, however, has several other meanings adjacent to it, such as: batuque, roda de roda, lundu, chula, maxixe, batucada and high party, among others, many of them living together.
How did this dance come about?
8P: -The name “Semba” is one of Angola’s most popular dances and musical genres, which originated in the country during the 1950s and 1960s, traditionally starting with urban ballroom dancing. There are those who argue that this genuinely Angolan cultural product was brought by the slaves during the sixteenth century to settle in Brazil and the Caribbean.
Why did you choose this theme (GINGA and BANGA?)
18P: -This is an exclusive edition where the personal representative will have its classic place to represent the Semba, so we require you to appear well dressed & classic, exactly like a gala has to be.
- What does this theme mean?
18P: – In Angola Ginga (DIVA) means woman, it’s a word that describes women in many ways: like the way she cares and expresses herself, the way she walks and talks and the way she dresses, it also means the confidence of women. And Banga means, well dresses man, the way he treats women in particular when they are dasing Seman, the way he invites her to dance with such charm she can’t say no. Banga stands also for a gentleman who knows who to treats a woman.
- What is the connection between this event and Semba?
18P: -The culture, the music and the dance itself. Semba has another and very original dance style very different than kizomba. Semba has an old style and very classic but still a modern dance that everyone can enjoy an evining at the
- Her: For who is the event for?
18P: -For everybody, almost everybody! But the most of group who are attracted to Semba are the Latin scene! like dancers, singers, performers, students and everybody who love Angola culture and music.
- What can people expect from this event?
18P:- It will be an evening like no other, filled with good vibes and nice dances. We’re gonna bring it back to the roots. There will be Semba live band, Semba show, social dance and open buffet special for this evening.
- Is there a special dress code during this event?
18P:- Yes, we call it Ginga vs Banga dress code. Just something classic like the modern vintage style, dandy style, afro urban style.
- How can people reach out to you?
- Where will this event be performed?
18P: -In Utrecht city at Nikos restaurant event starts at 15h with 3 hours semba Bootcamp.
- Where can I buy tickets?
18P: -Just by using this link http://bit.ly/sembagala
Espero que você goste. Tenha um dia bonito e que Deus te abençoe acima de todas as suas expectativas <3
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