Belly Dancer (Bananza)

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"Belly Dancer (Bananza)"
Akon - Belly Dancer (Bananza).jpg
Single by Akon
from the album Trouble
Released June 21, 2005
Format CD single
Recorded October 2003
Genre R&B, pop, hip hop
Length 4:00
Label SRC/Universal
Writer(s) Aliaune "Akon" Thiam, Lynval Golding, Terence Hall, Neville Staples
Producer(s) Akon
Akon singles chronology
"Baby, I'm Back"
"Belly Dancer (Bananza)"

"Belly Dancer (Bananza)" is the fourth single from R&B hip hop singer songwriter Akon's debut studio album, Trouble. The track reached #30 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song received more success in the United Kingdom, reaching #5 on the UK Singles Chart. The track samples "The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)" by Fun Boy Three and "Body Rock" by Treacherous Three, and borrows from the chorus of "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield. It was used in the 2009 teen comedy film Fired Up!. A remix of the track, featuring Kardinal Offshall, was later included as a B-side to "Pot of Gold".

Music video[edit]

In the televised video, Akon goes into a motorbike store and begins daydreaming. He then encounters a pretty girl and follows her into a belly dancing club. There, as the song said, he finds ex-gangsters, and they all flirt. Towards the end of the video, Akon kisses his chosen girl. The online version of the video begins with Akon trying to fall asleep, and awakening upon the video's end. A further version of the video, featuring the remix featuring Kardinal Offshall, was broadcast on Akon's YouTube channel.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1[1]
  1. "Belly Dancer (Bananza)" (Clean) - 4:00
  2. "Trouble Nobody" (Explicit) - 3:21
UK CD2[2]
  1. "Belly Dancer (Bananza)" (Explicit) - 4:00
  2. "Trouble Nobody" (Clean) - 3:21
  3. "Belly Dancer (Bananza)" (Instrumental) - 4:00
  4. "Belly Dancer (Bananza)" (Video) - 4:00


Chart (2005) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 29
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 27
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[6] 19
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[7] 21
France (SNEP)[8] 45
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 32
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[10] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[12] 46
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 30
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[17] 17