Semba comes from the singular Massemba, meaning "a touch of the bellies one of the most recognizable and entertaining movements in semba. It is possible that Brasilian samba comes from the same root, from Angolan people being moved to Brazil by the Portuguese.
Semba (masemba in plural) is a traditional music genre and dance genre from Angola that became popular in the 50s. It is the product of evolution as it was influenced by different ethnolinguistic groups from Angola as well as several different African rhythms.
The subject matter of Semba is often a cautionary tale or story regarding day-to-day life and social events and activities, usually sung in witty rhetoric. Through Semba music an artist is able to convey a broad spectrum of emotions. It is this characteristic that has made Semba the premiere style of music for a wide variety of Angolan social gatherings. Its versatility is evident in its inevitable presence at funerals and, on the other hand, many Angolan parties.