Azonto is the dance craze originating on the streets of Accra which has become very popular indeed. Just check the endless lists of Azonto dance videos on youtube with Azonto battles happening in cities around the world. Championed by Ghanaian artists such as Sarkodie, E.L. and Castro if you need to impress your mates with new moves on the dancefloor maybe its time you jumped on the bandwagon and joined the craze?
If you want to dig deep into the culture check out the history behind the dance as explained by user Coach Prekese on Ghanaweb.com
“The Azonto Dance is a Ghanaian dance which involves movement of most of the joints in the body in a rhythmic fashion taking very few steps. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movements are rudiments to dancing it. Movement in the dance include washing, driving, boxing, making-up et cetera . The dance evolved from the combination of a lot of local dance moves that originated from the southern-most part of Ghana during the early 2000s. The dance has evolved with the fast pace dance culture of modern West Africa. A closer observation of the various performers also reveals break dance moves being incorporated into it and the skinny jeans/tight shirts movement being adapted.
It is also true that before the dance became famous, youth in senior high schools of Ghana, had a similar but different way of doing the dance. A modification of that is what we see today. It involved a similar movement of the feet, hands, and hips and at the end of every move a gun shot was mimicked with the hand and if possible the mouth.
The exact origin of the dance is from Greater Accra in areas like BUKOM,CHORKOR,JAMES TOWN,TEMA and most of the coastal areas in Ghana.The dance is believed to have been taken to other parts of the capital by visitors from other part of the capital like Osu,Labadi and Dansoman who visited a popular street bar called Club House where most of the people of Bukom visit on weekends to dance to loud music. However, its popularity, both on local and international platforms have been propagated by a new wave of entertainment talents emerging in Greater Accra City of Ghana. Azonto became more popular when young Ghanaian musicians including; Sarkodie, Castro,R2bees,Stay Jay, Eduwoji, Edem, MannyFBC,Jayson.O, EL, V.I.P., 4X4, Zigi, nii Abbey Ga Mantse, Sir Petro, Gasmilla, Hyfin, Killmatic and a list of others made songs based on the rhythm of the dance…...” For more click here.
Below are a couple of videos to get you started.
Azonto Dance Anthem
If you need instructions kwaa!
Or if you prefer the cartoon version!