Monday, 30 July 2012
AZONTO DJ COMING TO TOWN
Ghanaian DJ Blackness will be touring Kenya as part of his East African tour to popularize the new dance craze, Azonto. The Ghanaian DJ, made a stopover in Nairobi last week, Wednesday on his way to Dar Es Salaam to meet various stakeholders for the tour.
His Kenyan manager told Hot Secrets, “DJ Blackness will be toruing Nairobi soon once all the preparations are made. DJ Blackness is known as the Azonto King because he won an award as the youngest DJ.”
Azonto originated from Ghana and it incorporates complex co-ordinates body movement and non-verbal communication in a rhythmic fashion in very few one-two timed steps. The dance was first called "Apaa" (which means work) by the people of Bukom, Swalaba and its environs. This was to represent movement’s activities like ironing, washing, driving, boxing etc. that were associated with the dance.
The popularity of the Azonto dance, both on local and international platforms, has been propagated by a new wave of entertainment talents emerging from Accra, like Ruff n smooth, Gasmilla, Sarkodie, E.L, Tiffany, Appietus, Castro, R2Bees, Stay Jay, Eduwoji, Vibe Squad and others made songs based on the rhythm of the dance from Ghana.
Ghanaian football star Asamoah Gyan also used the dance in his goal celebrations for his club and during matches of the Ghana Black Stars.