An Azonto move
|Year||Popularised in 2013|
|Steps – knee bending – hip movements – clenching of fists|
|Influences||Kpanlogo – boxing and other acrobatic movements – hand movements which mimic daily activities|
|Ga ethnic community in southern Ghana|
||This article possibly contains original research. (June 2013)|
Azonto is a dance and music genre originating from Ghana. It is known to have originated from a traditional dance called Kpanlogo from the coastal areas like Chorkor, James Town, La, Teshie, Nungua and in the port town of Tema, all part of the Greater Accra Region.
The dance involves a set of hand movements that either mimic everyday activities or are meant to signal an often amusing intention. It begun with one or two step movements but has been advanced to more complex and almost acrobatic movements. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movements are elements to dancing it. The dance has effectively evolved from a few rudimentary moves to embrace depictions of ironing, washing, driving, boxing, grooming, praying, swimming, and others.
The term "Azonto" which originally was a rude reference to wayward girls, has been adopted as the handle for a Ghanaian fast-beat dance music genre and the accompanying dance that goes with it. It originates from the word Azontoa (pronounced in some dialects as Abontoa) which means an ugly street girl. Originally used in the early 1990s in songs that were intended to offend female student schools that were not much liked, the word seems to have become an acceptable word since then.
Pop music researcher Jesse Weaver Shipley states that like hiplife, the popularity of azonto is a direct result of its interactions in diaspora. "Azonto, in content and form, is the embodiment of circulation, though the meanings attributed to its mobility vary. Azonto is identified with Ghanaian indigeneity by those abroad and with cosmopolitanism by those at home."
Azonto was 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 the UK.
Footballers like Asamoah Gyan and Emmanuel Adebayor 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, the Azonto Ghana Commission was created 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.
|Track Title||Artiste||Album Title|
|"You Go Kill Me"||Sarkodie (featuring E.L)|
|"Zooze"||Koo Maanu (featuring No-Tyme)|
|"Move To The Gyal Dem"||Donae'o (featuring Sarkodie)|
|"Chop Kenkey"||Joey B|
|"Twame Lala"||Stay Jay|
|"Yenko Nkoaa"||Eduwodzi (featuring Stay J)|
|"Azonto"||Fuse ODG (featuring Itz Tiffany)|
|"Azonto Ghost"||Bisa Kdei|
|"Seke"||Dr Slim (featuring Double)|
|"Ayi"||Criss Waddle (featuring Bisa Kdei)|
A Ghanaian performing the Azonto.
Azonto Related Videos
- Ghanaian youth show their Azonto dance moves|The Guardian
- The Reference of Afrobeat | Ghana Music - Nigerian Music - Afrobeat - Hip-Hop
- DJ Black's "Azonto Mix"
- Azonto Categories For Vodafone Ghana Music Awards VGMAs
- Fanning the azonto fire – who is responsible?
- Googling Azonto
- Sarkodie Ft. E.L. - U Go Kill Me (Official Video)
- JONI BLAZE FT.STAY JAY -ALIKOTO-OFFICIAL VIDEO
- Squadee ft. Sarkodie x Bukbak - U Are Mine (@presidb)
- Azonto madness (Viral Video)
- AZONTO - Fuse ODG ft. Tiffany OFFICIAL Video
- "Ghana’s Azonto Dance hits global entertainment stage". myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- "Azonto - The New Music and Dance Craze in Ghana". modernghana.com. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- Shipley, J. W. (2013). Transnational circulation and digital fatigue in Ghana’s Azonto dance craze. American Ethnologist, 40, pp. 363, onlinelibrary.wiley.com, retrieved 6 Feb 2015
- "Ghana's Azonto craze takes over dancefloors across the world". theguardian.com. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
- Asamoah Gyan vs Adebayor Azonto Dance (watch). YouTube, uploaded on 9 Feb 2012.
- Dawes, Mike (21 March 2013). "Carew shows off some Dad dance moves to New Azonto track". Mail Online. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
- "Top 10: Songs That Put Azonto on the Map". http://ghanamagazine.com. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
- "GC Music Chart: Top 10 Songs Of The Week". ghanacelebrities.com. Retrieved 27 January 2013.