Tarraxa in Europe
It is amazing the number of African genres that have gained strength at this time. This can be seen in this in the huge amount of events that include these rhythms in Europe, which speaks of an important evolution in the musical ear of those who often did not listen to these styles.
One of those many rhythms is tarraxa, which has begun to play a leading role in dance classes taught in the Old Continent. These classes have managed to gather a large public and very interested in learning to dance genres different from those that they tend to listen to.
What is tarraxa?
Many people define tarraxa as a very modern way of dancing kizomba, in which the corporal expressions and the rapport between the members of the couple are the two most important details in the dance. This dance is full of sensuality and feelings, something that is not seen very often in more traditional versions of kizomba.
One of the major complications of traditional kizomba is the excessive softness and slowness of many of its rhythms, so the dancers simply do not know how to proceed sometimes. This is also the reason why many would find this African genre a bit boring and choose to look for other styles that are a little more cheerful and lively. Here is where other slightly more intense modalities come to life, such as tarraxa or batida.
When listening to songs based on this dance, it is possible to realize that the rhythm is very marked, allowing the dancers to have more flow and security in their movements. This and other new versions of kizomba derived from the need to try something different, modern and much more intense. Not everyone tastes calm and tranquility in the same way!
Expension of tarraxa through Europe and other latitudes
As already mentioned, tarraxa is closely related to kizomba, while many have dared to say that the first is nothing more than a more modern version of the second. Well, kizomba originates in Angola with the mixture of a rhythm known as semba with another one called kilipanda. If we have already said that tarraxa was born as a consequence of the modernization of kizomba, that means that we can conclude that tarraxa is also of Angolan origin. This makes its voyage around the world even more interesting.
After kizomba arrived in Europe through Portugal and other countries, this well-known genre has been intermingled with other more local rhythms as a consequence of the adaptation of the rhythms to the ears of its new audience. This resulted in the creation of new variants such as tarraxa, passada, saida, ventoinha, and so on.
The specific case of tarraxa is not very different from that of other musical styles from Africa. It has simply undergone modifications of all kinds to the point at which it resulted in what is now. Nowadays, it is one of the most present genres in events held in Europe and other parts of the world.