Semba is currently one of the most important rhythms in Angola, and the predecessor of several music genres such as Samba (from Brazil), Kizomba and Kuduro (both from Angola).
Angola's cultural history is tied to the cultures of the central Bantu people and the ancient kingdom of Kongo. Therefore, semba music has been strongly influenced by their musical traditions. Furthermore Kazukuta and Kabetula rhythms strongly influenced semba music as well, and some say semba is a modification of the Kazukuta rhythm.
Important traditional semba artists include Bonga Kwenda and Ngola Ritmos, Jovens do Prenda, Kiezos, Bangão, and many more.
The influx of Angolan instrumentalists to urban areas and the evolution of western musical technology had an influence on the rhythmic structure of the sound of semba. Groups which used acoustic guitars, dikanzas, snare drums and shakers in their early days began to introduce electric and electrified instruments. An interesting phenomenon occurred with the group Africa Show, the first Angolan musical band to successfully introduce the organ, representing an aesthetic posture which was different and more geared to the demands of an urban audience, which followed equally the evolution of European and American music.
Important modern semba artists include Puto Português, Yuri da Cunha, Matias Damásio, Kyaku Kyadaff, Don Kikas, Paulo Flores, Daniel dos Santos, Carlos Burity, and many more.