Just when the Azonto dance craze appeared to be dying a natural death, Gasmilla, credited as the father of Azonto has once again revived Ghana’s most populous rhythmic movement in the most fascinating way.

On the very first edition of BBC Focus on Africa TV, hosted by Ghana’s finest broadcaster Komla Dumor, Azonto took its rightful place on World TV.

From the shores of James Town, Accra, where the frenzied dance was first conceived before spreading like wild fire throughout the country, Gasmilla took the BBC crew led by Alex Jakana through the evolution of what has become the trendiest Ghanaian dance ever.

In less than three minutes, Jakana had his right leg twisting and turning, his hip swinging, his shoulder, dangling up and down in an incredible rendition of the famous Azonto revolution that has made the streets of Ghana, wedding receptions, out-doorings, night clubs, churches and even funeral ceremonies an incredibly marvelous place to be.

In the short Azonto documentary aired on the BBC Focus of Africa TV, women with babies strapped behind their backs- as if to infect the babies with the Azonto virus- were madly busy doing azonto; children were not left out of the craze; the azonto fever was high; the body movements were dazzling; the facial expressions were inviting; not even Komla Dumor who was watching from far away BBC could resist the temptation of moving his feet to a dance that is simply infectious.

Watch the short video of the Azonto revival on BBC and learn how to do the Ghana dance.


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