After some research on zouk music and dance in London, I finally found something!
The zouk dance classes, Mass club in Brixton Hill every week. So, I asked my
aunt, who is huge fan of Kizomba and zouk dance, if she knew about this place, and she said yes, that is famous one in London, where a lot people go there to learn how to dance zouk.
Zouk music, is one of the famous style music in Cape Verde islands, and is originated from islands of Guadalupe, Haiti and Dominica.
” Zouk”means party or festival.Particularly in Cape Verde, people are more familiar with a speacial style within zouk, called Zouk- Love.
Zouk-Love is more slower and dramatic. Nevertheless, Zouk- love has a lot influence from Brazil, France and Angola.
Susana Lubranno,Gil Semedo, Nelson Freitas and Philipe Monteiro are some example of popular zouk-Love artists.
I met Kelly years ago during my International Foundation Programme
course in Humanities, that all international student like me in London has to do, in order to be prepared before their degree course. And once, after our class I invited kelly to my place. As any fresh student in London having for the fist time her own place, I was quite excited to show kelly mine. While we were chating, Kelly said to me that she’s really keen on clubing, and that we should go toguether in one sometime. “Yeah, I’d love to!” I said. “Great! I can also show some really great songs that they play in these kind of clubs, where I use to go” said Kelly. After playing the “criola” song by Mika Mendes, Kelly said: ” So, isn’t it good? I just love this song and the beat of it! “. ” Of course! I know this song, it is “criola” by Mika Mendes a famous cape verdean singer” I said. For me, that situation was extremelly ironic and also funny, because Kelly was saying that she loves the song but she couldn’t understand a word of it.
And same happened to me years ago before I’ve learned english, when I used to listen american songs on the radio and I couldn’t understand a word, but only the beat was enough to make me love it.