So if a Korean rapper can start a dance craze, how about an African porridge? Azonto is a rhythmic dance style from Ghana that mimics everyday activities (household cleaning, driving, praying, exercising) with knee, hip, and body movements. The West African dance is showcased in the new track by Afrikan Boy “Amala Azonto” which incorporates the making of Amala, a thick porridge made from yams (sweet potatoes). The track, made by Delirious, is an energetic Afrobeat rhythm – if you remember “Turn Me On” by Kevin Lyttle, pitch it up plus 10 for an idea. The lyrics are playfully sexual with pickup lines interspersed with historical references. The yam is definitely symbolic of the male anatomy. The video continues the humorous premise, set as a cooking show with the perfect recipe for cooking up Amalo – dancing and frolicking ensues. With culture-centric tracks like “Rap Des Armas” and “Gangnam Style” having broken big on the club and mainstream scene around the world, it’s quite possible that the catchy “Amala Azonto” might be next.
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