Here’s a collection of videos of some of the best current dance trends as performed by some naturally gifted and supremely talented young Africans. Mostly from this year, and spanning just a few countries, they were spotted slaying everyone who danced them or those that had the luck to watch these dancers live.
Ghana’s Fuse ODG with Antenna as danced by these two lovely people. This is the song where you have no choice but to dance and sing every word. A few years old now but hey, it’s still got that thing. And these dancers? Oh my goodness. Charm central right here. A pleasure for the eyes, an absolute treat. You shouldn’t curr if it doesn’t quite fit the “current” label any more. It’s hot choreography.
More Fuse ODG and Dangerous Love. What’s dangerous is those moves, and what’s not to love about these two?
Uganda’s Eddy Kenzo singing Mariaroza – this video concept is just straight up funny. Watch those moves!
For many of us, this is the one that started the love for Eddy Kenzo and those who dance to his music, especially these adorable, super-talented kids:
So I apparently missed the #PanaChallenge as you would have seen my dance vid up there by now, o. (yerright) It seems just about everyone who did this challenge can actually dance well and also in public. Behold the #PanaChallenge that has now turned this one Naija song into a never-ending cycle of repeat, press repeat, play again, watch again and repeat. I have pana for Pana I guess and so do a whole lot of folk. You gotta hand it to Tekno he makes irrepressibly infectious music.
What I want to know is if he understands the Kanji written on those walls and electrifying the air on command. He can’t just sing “I don’t understand” and those characters mean you are now eating posho with garri but you should have eaten nsima instead. Meanwhile, big cassava. Who knows.
Anyway, Pana Challenge! This is the effort from Root Awakening and it is too freaking nice. I could just watch them again and again. They are the ones who I believe won this challenge overall. Was it competition or challenge? Challenge. They met the challenge with panache and style.
#TheObjectIsNotToSweat #TheAimIsToQuietlySlay #TheGoalIstoBeSoAfroCoolItHurtsAbeg
More #PanaChallenge – it looks like these two made a whole bunch of passersby feel inadequate… LOL! perfect. Folake gimme love o.
If you’re still not tired of #PanaChallenge here’s more, watch out for Eddy Kenzo’s kids – all in uniform suit and tie. Y’all best be getting paid now, y’hear?
So here’s South Africa with their sometimes deceptively laid-back moves:
KwaPata Secondary School: at some point you must just accept that your school life was not even half as lit as at this one. What kills me is when one group of girls get so excited but hold themselves back, then another group just goes for it and crowd the dancer and shower him with love. Ncaaawww. Youth at its most lovely and memorable.
I’m convinced South Africans (well all Africans, really) can dance anywhere and at absolutely any time and in all situations.
Then there’s the woman who is the epitome of #TheAimIsNotToSweat
I don’t know why they had to name it “classy” Gwara Gwara dance but okay. Love it still.
Finally, Ntando Duma is that person you want to party with or just watch dance live. She just looks like she has so much fun. And at 4:21″ that could definitely be me when Slyza Tsotsi comes on. Bald, foolish expression, everything.
So, this list is just a few of the examples of current African dance trends. Y’all know if we also covered the Congolese and Angolans we’d be here all day just watching videos. Tell me about other ones you like, especially from those countries and we’ll put together a best of the best list.
“Africans in rhythm with the universe” – damn straight.