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BN Music Friday Top 5 – African Dance Anthems



Hi, its Onos O again and welcome to a brand new installment of BNMusic Friday Top 5.

This week we want to take down all the songs, and the dances they popularized, that swept through Africa like a storm. Dance is something that cannot be taken from man; in fact, it majorly defines an African man from any other. Dance is deep in our genetic code, no wonder our music reflects that so fervently.

Over the years, many dances have rocked Africa and, Nigeria in particular. From Galala, Konto, Suo, even up to  now that, Azonto is rave of the moment; there is always a dance style that’s taking over.

So, without further ado, here’s this week’s top 5:

1. Fuse ODG feat. Tiffany – Azonto

It should be no surprise to anyone that Azonto is number one on the countdown. With songs like “Dance”R2bees feat. Wizkid; “You Go Kill Me”Sarkodie feat. E.L. and “Shashe Wowo”Stay Jay feat. Tiffany constantly spamming our brains from all angles, radio, TV, internet, Azonto is definitely the dance reigning. Wizkid even had to do a freestyle track called “Azonto” in honour of the dance so please, “don’t carry last”.

2. Awilo Longomba – Coupe Bibamba

African Rumba, more popularly known as Makossa or Soukous,  is another dance that almost literally took over West Africa if not Africa as a whole. And till today, names like Koffi Olomide and Awilo Longomba are almost synonymous with the dance. If you enter any club or party today and “Coupe Bibamba” is playing, the crowd will definitely go wild. With its hip thrusting and winding movements, it’s still most definitely a party favourite.

3. Artquake – Alanta

Since Yahooze died down in about 2008/2009, Alanta has plagued Nigerians with its funky dance moves and simulated itchiness and madness. Alanta is an extremely fun dance that initially started as the “razz” people’s dance but slowly but surely spread like wildfire. Accordingly, names like Terry G and Artquake have been steady promoters of the dance.

4. Cabo Snoop – Windeck

Cabo Snoop  stole our hearts like a thief in the night with his radical and loud colour schemes as well as his wild dance steps. Soon after, we fell in love with his “Windeck”, he came out with “Zagala” and “Prakata Tumba” and has been on a series of features with African acts like J. Martins, winning awards as well. But, out of all the dances he taught Africa, Windeck has stood out and still stands the test of time.

5. Olu Maintain – Yahooze

Olu Maintain took over Nigeria when his song, “Yahooze” first came out and it took over a year before the dance step dwindled. Even though, you can hardly find anyone dancing Yahooze these days, the song is still a force to reckon with. Correct me if I’m wrong but “Yahooze” opened paths, in dance anthems worldwide and in the African music industry, that known had done before when it came out. I vividly recall Colin Powell, the US secretary of state at the time, letting loose and getting down to “Yahooze” during an Olu Maintain performance.

Dance is a strong part of every culture and with the internet and technology, dance is bringing African countries closer together. Here’s a recap of the Top 5:

1. Fuse ODG feat. Tiffany – Azonto

2. Awilo Longomba – Coupe Bibamba

3. Artquake – Alanta

4. Cabo Snoop – Windeck

5. Olu Maintain – Yahooze

So, with all that said, I’ll be right here waiting for you next week; and as I always say vivere senza rimpianti” (to live without regrets). Have a great day.


  1. Personal Shopper

    March 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm

  2. Nneka Peters

    March 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    brilliant post

  3. Audrey

    March 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Its AZONTO baby! AZONTO. ♪♪♪♪ just watch me do my azonto,azonto,azonto. ♪♪♪

  4. Frema

    March 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I think the reigning dance now is Azonto. It is a complex dance but I love it

  5. Kem

    March 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    am not sure i know Azonto, may be i nid to party more these days but Windeck captivates me even in my sleep. lol

  6. Purpleicious Babe

    March 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Awilooooooooooooooooooooooooooo… rocked this ohh.. made my childhood.. chai all the children shows on NTA, always playing makosa….

    Anyhoo as for Yahozeeee stopped dancing to that tune ohh, as in when i realised the purpose behind the song.. nah mate, am not encouraging or advocating scams….

  7. dontmention

    March 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    N u did not mention coupe decale Bc? That dance has taken all of west n central Africa.but I guess sincethey r mostly in French n nigerians do.not speak English……u just ignore it but its a dance that rwvolutionised music in Africa.

  8. dontmention

    March 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I meant they do not speak French

  9. christy

    March 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Was actualy lookin forward 2 BN top 5 music,nt knwin dat it a danc dat wil b featurin ds wk.sad

  10. kem

    March 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    na wa oh, who is this one…arghhhhh

  11. Theodora

    March 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Alanta………… i love that dance anytime anyday………

  12. ama

    March 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    AZONTO ROCKS!!!! and its proudly ghanaian…

  13. Mimi

    March 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Azonto all the way! Ghana for life 🙂

  14. Lala

    March 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    i will never understand the windeck dance… how i wish i could azonto…. 🙁

  15. mimi

    March 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    awilo! anyday anytime, as in that dance gets to me. Then alanta

  16. mimi

    March 9, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    erm hold on oo i used to dance some of the azonto steps before it came out! nawa oo

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