Learning Azonto

Azonto

Whilst we have been out in Ghana we have been invited by our colleagues at work and by the national volunteers to Azonto!! Azonto is an original Ghanaian expressive dance and music form that is very popular. The dance involves a set of hand and coordinated foots twists, which are very tricky to master. But after lots of practice we seem to have got the hang of it. Azonto originated from the South of Ghana and is an essential part of Accra’s bustling fishing communities.

Azonto

 

Like many of the African local dances which we have seen during our field trips to the basket weaving groups, the Azonto involves lots of knee bending and hip movements.

Azonto

The dance has effectively evolved from certain moves that embrace depictions of washing, driving, boxing, grooming, praying and swimming. Generally, Azonto expresses the creativity and rich sense of humour of the Ghanaian people.

 

Here’s a clip of one of the most played songs in Ghana.

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