Although Azonto music has seized dominating the airwaves over the years, self-proclaimed King of Azonto, Gasmilla, says the genre is still relevant.
Interacting with Father Innocent on North Ridge-based Original 91.9FM on Friday, April 30, 2021, the ‘Telemo’ hit singer dispelled claims Azonto music has significantly declined and said the genre is a major export.
“It has not declined. If Dancegod Lloyd, Incredible Zigi, and several other dance groups have traveled around then it connotes Azonto hasn’t collapsed. Those dancers travel around to teach people how to dance Azonto,” he said.
Gasmilla, who’s also known in the showbiz fraternity as International Fisherman, explained that Azonto has evolved making waves for the fusion of another genre into the once-vibrant street music.
“Azonto is still relevant just that the mainstream media has focused on other stuff. Azonto has been fused with other genres. Highlife our grandfathers composed and the current Highlife is totally different. A lot has been fused with the genre to become something different. The core remains the same.
He added “Looking at the trending dance with leg and hand movements, it is Azonto too mixed with other dance. Azonto is a combination of dances, so, where Azonto became a trend has advanced. It doesn’t make a difference. it is still reigning,” he argued.
Azonto is a dance and music genre from Ghana. The dance is connected to the traditional Ga dance Kpanlogo, associated with the coastal towns in the country such as Chorkor, James Town, Teshie, Nungua, and Tema, in the Greater Accra Region.
Several accounts say Azonto was formerly known as ‘Apaa’ in these communities. The Apaa dance, hence Azonto dance, involves a set of hand movements that either mimic everyday activities especially ones concerning people’s livelihoods, or moves that are meant to amuse an audience.
It began with one- or two-step movements but has been advanced to more complex and almost acrobatic movements. Just like most African dances, Azonto involves knee bending and hip movements. The dance has effectively evolved from a few basic moves to miming actions such as ironing of clothes, washing, driving, boxing, praying, swimming, and others.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana