While most dance crazes are short-lived nightclub sensations, the Azonto has spread from Ghana’s shores to European dancefloors.
It spans musical genres from dancehall to hip-hop. West Africa has seen many other dance crazes, like Nigeria’s Yahozie but this dance has inspired fitness videos and football goal celebrations.
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Nigeria, traditionally a rival in culture, music, sports and movies, has its own version of the Azonto. But Nigerians admit that this dance is the creation of the Ga people of Accra, Ghana’s fishing communities like Jamestown. One explanation for Azonto’s popularity is that it evolved from everyday life. Azonto moves come from the daily work of average people like washing, driving, or dialing a cell phone. Its fame has been fueled by native sons like rapper Sarkodie and footballer Asamoah Gyan.