Azonto

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Azonto is a dance and a music genre originating from Ghana. Azonto 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.[1]

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.[2]

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. Azonto is loved all over the world.

History[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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. Old people even love the dance.[3]

Tracks[edit]

The Most Popular Azonto Tracks of 2012[4][5]
Track Title Artiste Album Title
"You Go Kill Me" Sarkodie featuring E.L
"Dangerous" Sarkodie
"Zooze" Koo Maanu featuring No-Tyme
"Move To The Gyal Dem" Donae’o featuring Sarkodie
"Lapaz Toyota" Guru
"Aboodatoi" Gasmilla
"Chop Kenkey" Joey B
"Twame Lala" Stay Jay
"Obuu Mo" E.L
"Kaluu" E.L
"Yenko Nkoaa" Eduwodzi featuring Stay J
"Azonto" Fuse ODG featuring Itz Tiffany
"Kolom" Buk Bak
"Sokode" Keche
"Azonto Ghost" Bisa Kdei
"Aluguntugui" Keche
"Moko Ni" 4x4
"Antenna" Fuse ODG
"Seke" Dr Slim featuring Double
"Ayi" Criss Waddle featuring Bisa Kdei
"Azonto" Wizkid

Gallery[edit]

A Ghanaian performing the Azonto.

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Azonto Related Videos[edit]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ghana’s Azonto Dance hits global entertainment stage". myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Azonto - The New Music and Dance Craze in Ghana". modernghana.com. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ghana's Azonto craze takes over dancefloors across the world". theguardian.com. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Top 10: Songs That Put Azonto on the Map". http://ghanamagazine.com. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "GC Music Chart: Top 10 Songs Of The Week". ghanacelebrities.com. Retrieved 27 January 2013.