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You know it is the marriage season when you get stuck in a traffic jam leading to a posh unimaginably extravagant wedding. The hotels become booked all over New Delhi. The Banquet Halls are packed to spilling and parking? You must be dreaming. Bright colored Saris, diamond and gold jewellery give extra dazzle to the nuptials. Beware of gangs of professional children who are out to steal your purses. It is a roller coaster ride of endless partying for days.
Azonto-Mime Dance from Ghana
Ghana is famous for peace, prosperity, cocoa, gold, Kofi Annan, Lake Volta and its mime based dance called Azonto. It is one of the few nations which have avoided the pitfalls of internecine tribal conflicts. It is indeed called the Switzerland of the African continent. Today Azonto has put this tiny country on the world map.
Imagine you did not have the power of speech and you were compelled to keep dancing by music with an irresistible beat. You could only communicate by miming about your life, your job and hobbies by a personal sign language. This is Azonto. Everybody does the Azonto in Ghana.
The music is everywhere and people do a jig automatically when they come within range of a song being played on any music system in the streets. It has originated from a native dance form called Kpanlogo and has slowly drifted to other cities from the streets of Tema, Teshie, James Town and Chorkor. Azonto involves a lot of hip, hand and knee twisting and the messages mimed are generally very funny. Thus you can dance the Azonto miming yourself being on the phone or in the gym. The message is whatever comes to your mind at the moment of the dance.
Sarkodie is the king of Azonto and rules the dance genre of Azonto.
So hurry up and learn the dance before Ghanaians patent the dance form as proposed by an association of entertainment professionals.
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