For the past 10 years, viral dance trends have come and gone. Some have endured. One literally almost broke the Internet. Azonto made it anyway, lol.
Azonto is a dance from Ghana. According to online sources, the dance originated from a traditional dance called Kpanlogo, associated with the coastal towns in the country such as Chorkor, James Town, La, Teshie, Nungua and Tema, in the Greater Accra Region.
In a recent 2019 video compiled by Usquare, a youtube channel that focuses on teaching it’s viewers dance moves, GhKasa noticed that Ghana’s popular dance “Azonto” was not found in the compilation.
From 2010 to 2019, from the Dougie to the “woah”, here is a decade of the best dance moves captured by USquare.
Watch the video below;
Over the decade, Azonto’s origination (who brought azonto) has been an issue between various artiste in Ghana who capitalized on it when the move was introduced.
According to an article on Wikipedia, Azonto was originated by the producer NshonnaMusick with the song “You Go Kill Me” which had Sarkodie and E.L on it. It was later popularized on social media by the music videos that portrayed the dance form with fast-pace tempos, home-made dance instructional videos uploaded on YouTube with no commercial intent, and group choreographers done by mostly Ghanaians and other African nationals living in UK, Germany and U.S.
Ghanaian footballer Asamoah Gyan and Togolese football star Emmanuel Adebayor and James Anaman have performed the dance as part of their goal celebrations, and John Carew uploaded a video of himself and his son dancing to Fuse ODG’s “Antenna”.
Following the worldwide interest in the Ghana’s Azonto dance, and the name of Azonto itself being used for a varieties of entertaining activities, such as Azonto Petroleum, the Azonto Ghana Commission was created to organise the Ghana’s most populous arts and entertainment (Azonto) and also use the Commission as a department to support groups or individuals using the Azonto dance and other form to promote Ghana, peace and unity among people from all walks of life.
Songs in the Afrobeats genre are usually the ones dedicated to the Azonto dance. Other music genres, however, can also be used.
The dance involves a set of hand movements that either mimic everyday activities or are meant to amuse an audience. It began with one- or two-step movements but has been advanced to more complex and almost acrobatic movements. Just like most African dances, Azonto involves knee bending and hip movements. The dance has effectively evolved from a few basic moves to miming actions such as ironing of clothes, washing, driving, boxing, praying, swimming, and others.