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Azonto/Hip Life: music and dance videos

Some of you may ask: what is Azonto? Where does it come from?

Azonto is a dance originating from Ghana. The African dance form incorporates complex co-ordinated body movement and non-verbal communication in a rhythmic fashion in very few one-two timed steps. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movements are rudiments to dancing it.

The dance was first called “Apaazee Renetta Kojo” (which means work) by the people of Bukom. However, the term ‘Azonto’ (a name which was given to the dance by the people of Tema) was popularly used by students of The Accra Academy to refer to life and later became accepted by the larger population as the name for the dance. The dance now known as Azonto was later observed in an evolved form among ‘street communities’ in Agona Abodom, Abossey Okai, Takoradi and certain suburbs of Accra (namely Korle-Gonno, La, and Chorkor), in pubs, night clubs, & dance battles.

You might enjoy the following short documentary video explaining you the meaning of some Azonto dance moves:

This dance has evolved with new trends such as break dance and “crip walk” to become what it is today and has gained popularity not only in Ghana but also in Great Britain, as it is explained in the following “The Guardian” newspapers article:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/sep/03/ghana-azonto-dance-craze-world

Now, do you want to hear what it sounds and see how it looks like? Check out the 6 below videos (4 music clips, 2 dance choreography). If you come across a nice azonto dance, leave the link in the comment box below this post!

 

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