I’m not a dancer but a big fan of the Kizomba, Salsa, Kizalsa dances. Nothing beats the energy being showcased in these dances and the lessons of partnerships that comes with it. This year, a Benin based Kizomba instructor, Mr. Harold alongside other instructors from across Africa teamed up to organize the 2019 West African Kizomba Festival. According to Mr. Harold, they chose Ghana due to its serenity, great scenery and tourist attraction sites. This event brought together various Kizomba enthusiasts from all over to grace the occasion. Participants were from Cuba, Ghana, Angola, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo, London, USA, Benin, and several other countries.
The continental Coconut Groove Village in Elmina hosted participants for three nights in its spectacular beach resort. Activities lined up included cultural night, Kizomba evening party, Kizomba dance workshops, all white Kizomba dance party, and many more. These lined up activities treated participants to some amazing time at the occasion while others took to relaxation at the beach and poolside. There were also some tours around Ghana for sight seeing.
When it comes to such events, building networks are important. People took time to network and make new contacts and connections. It was a time to meet new people and to interact. Breakfast time as well as the dance sessions were the best periods for this exercise. Also, there were variety of people from all walks of life to meet and talk to. People were spotted exchanging contacts and taking lovely selfies to keep up the memories. The organizers mentioned that this was a way to connect people for future massive collaborations.
The event also featured Angolan music artiste, Filho do Zua, as its headline artiste. Kizomba is a genre of dance and a musical genre originating in Angola in 1984 Kizomba means “party” in Kimbundu, an Angolan language.
Photo credit: WAK Festival Page