The STORY of the steps
Discover the origins of the steps !
Dance has been one of many forms of expression, storytelling and enjoyment across the African continent, and alongside traditional dances, here are some of the popular dance styles in Africa !
STEP 1: LA DEMARCHE
STEP 2: AZONTO
The dance originated from a traditional dance called Kpanlogo , associated with the coastal towns in the country such as Chorkor, James Town, La, Teshie, Nungua and Tema, in the Greater Accra Region.
STEP 3: ETIGHI
ETIGHI dance is a Nigerian dance. The Etighi dance was founded by the Akwa Ibom people. The dance requires movement of the leg and the waist. The dance is known across Nigeria and popularly used by the Ibibio and Efik people where its origin began.
STEP 4: COUPE-DECALE
Coupé-Décalé is a type of popular dance music originating from Côte d’Ivoire and the Ivorian diaspora in Paris, France. Drawing heavily from Zouglou and Zouk with African influences,
Coupé-Décalé is a very percussive style featuring African samples, deep bass, and repetitive minimalist arrangements. While Coupé-Décalé is known as Côte d’Ivoire’s definitive pop music, it actually began in Paris, created by a group of Ivorian DJs at the Atlantis, an African nightclub in northeast Paris. These Djs, known as the “Jet Set”, became popular for their flamboyant style, often showing up at the club with large amounts of cash which they would hand out to audiences on the dance floor. Their aesthetic defined the early sounds of Coupé Décalé, apparent in the genre’s name. In Nouchi (Ivorian slang), Coupé means “to cheat” and Décalé means to “run away ”, so Coupé-Décalé basically means to cheat somebody and run away.
STEP 5: MAKOSSA
MAKOSSA is a noted Cameroonian popular urban musical style. Like much other late 20th century music of Sub-Saharan Africa, it uses strong electric bass rhythms and prominent brass. In the 1980s makossa had a wave of mainstream success across Africa and to a lesser extent abroad. Makossa, which means "dance" in the Douala language, originated from a Douala dance called the kossa. Emmanuel Nelle Eyoum started using the refrain kossa kossa in his songs with his group Los Calvinos. The style began to take shape in the 1950s though the first recordings were not seen until a decade later. There were artists such as Eboa Lotin, Misse Ngoh and especially Manu Dibango, who popularised makossa throughout the world with his song "Soul Makossa" in the early 1970s. The chant from the song, mamako, mamasa, maka makossa, was later used by Michael Jackson in "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". Many other performers followed suit. The 2010 World cup also brought makossa to the international stage as Shakira sampled the Golden Soundspopular song "Zamina mina (Zangalewa)".
STEP 6: GWETA
GWETA is a modern dance style from Togo Toofan, the group that sang the Gweta song originally, made up the dance itself and the name of the dance. Eli wrote about it below… "The whole concept is called "gweta soeme" which is equivalent to dodging jealous people. Gweta is a village in Botswana so I am at a loss as to why Toofan chose that name for the dance, but "soeme" does mean "dodging" in the Mina language which is widely spoken in Togo. The dance is engaging though and the group is wildly successful.
STEP 7 : OKENINKPIN
OKENINKPIN was created by the singer Serge beynaud the ambassador of Coupe decale in 2014
STEP 8 : N’ENFANT GATE
N’ENFANT GATE was created by the singer Debordo in 2016 from Ivory Coast.
STEP 9 : KUDURO
KUDURO (or kuduru) is a type of music and dance originally developed in Angola and Portugal in the 1980s. It is characterized as uptempo, energetic, and danceable. Kuduro began in Luanda, Angola in the late 1980s. Producers sampled traditional carnival music like soca and zouk from the Caribbean, sembafrom Angola, Techno and Accordion playing from Europe and laid this around a fast 4/4 beat.
In 2017, a new dance step took over in Nigeria, thanks to popular Nigeria rap superstar Olamide popularly known as Badoo. Shaku Shaku dance is a street dance. The dance steps are like the steps of a drunk person or someone who has smoked copious amounts of weed. To educate the youth on the danger of certains uses
STEP 12 : SHOKI
SHOKI was first invented by Femi kuti and the reappropriated by the youth of today SHOKI SHOKI
STEP 13 : AKWAABA
AKWAABA is the new frenesic of 2018 coming from the pigmin Ghanean slang which means welcome.