The Azonto Dance

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Azonto tutorial animation for Azonto Dance fans

The dance was first called “Apaa”(which means work) by the people of Bukom and its environs, this was to represent the movements like washing, driving, boxing etc that was associated with dance. However,the term ‘azonto’ which was popularly used among senior high school students to refer to a life 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 Tarkwa, Abossey Okai, certain suburbs of Accra (namely Korle-Gonno, La and Chorkor), in pubs, night clubs, dance battles with friends and passers-by. Perhaps because of its apparent use of strength and vigor, and preference of the then popular and more sophisticated “crip walk” and “break dance” known in Ghana as ‘cracking’ in Senior High Schools, the dance was seen as being less refined than alternate styles.

A popular and award winning choreographer vanity chaser invented the newest version of Azonto dance called “The Azonto Nkoso”. This version of Azonto is popular amongst the Nima people, which is highly populated by the Muslim community. The Azonto Nkoso is different from the Azonto in that it uses a push and pull movement.

Azonto – Fuse ODG Feat. Tiffany (OFFICIAL)

The dance was made very popular by Ghanaian football star Asamoah Gyan in his goal celebrations for club and country. Azonto has been further commercialized with its inclusion in music lyrics and music video clips. Examples of such music include African Girls by Castro, U Go Kill Me by Sarkodie, Yenko Nkoaa by Eduwoji, Keche’s Sorkode, Azonto by Fuse ODG which featured Tiffany, and more recently Obuu Mo by EL,which specifically mentions the Azonto style of dance and features Azonto in the video clip.

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22 thoughts on “The Azonto Dance

    [...] up on the recent dance craze of the “azonto“…I prance around central London with what Ive learnt in a short space of time. SHOT AND [...]

    TEMSGEN said:
    January 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

    this is GHANA ENJOY AZONTO WITH ME

      GADEL responded:
      February 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm

      It is indeed :)

    TEMSGEN said:
    January 7, 2012 at 11:04 am

    AZONTO IN GHANA THIS IS GHANA TIG

    amoh prince said:
    February 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    this dance has been one of the popular dance everyone can dance is really fanitastic

    mimi abena amoanimaa said:
    March 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    azonto dey beeeeeeeeeeeee k3k3k3k3k3k3

    ROBERT said:
    March 23, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    AZONTO!!!! The Dance of the moment

    jievutyte said:
    March 24, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    coool. I love it!!! <3

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    Odom Anthony Gentle said:
    May 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I love azonto……so come watch me do my azonto….

    Emmanuella Boateng said:
    May 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I love to dance azonto but can’t watch it

    Jacqueline said:
    May 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    It is a cool dance and exciting even the music has an awsum tune n beat to it….

    teekay said:
    May 29, 2012 at 6:23 am

    awesome dance

    Forson opoku bright said:
    June 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    This azonto dance has push away all dance,y

    isaac norvor said:
    July 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

    eeei azonto

      ella boateng said:
      August 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      azonto dance my thing
      thats hot !

    joyce awuni said:
    July 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    the world iz coming to an end and people must stop this dance cos it lead you to hell .be wise

    Ebenezer said:
    August 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    eeeee azonto dance is not good for the individuals who dance it NOTE what is written in the Bible

    Mekky said:
    October 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    But gosip say dat azonto is from the devils kingdom

    jah koy said:
    October 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    hey im jahhead from cameroon. a great fan of azonto songs. i too have decided to do azonto. i ll soon do some recordings but in cameroon the audience is not large. i want to kno how i can make my sounds to be listened in GHANA or be played in local ghana radio stations. write me at jahjakoy@yahoo.fr or add me on face book.

    Gloria said:
    January 11, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I so like as onto music my parent
    Like I they are from Ghana I am English .lol

    Gloria said:
    January 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

    :)

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