Art & Culture/Ent
[ 2012-01-24 ]
Bukom Banku doing the Tso Ye Osee
Bukom Banku lays claims to Azonto
The debate over who is the originator of the
popular “Azonto” dance is far from over as boxer
cum comedian, Braimah Kamoko aka Bukom Banku is
claiming ownership of the dance.
The origins of Azonto, which has become the
hottest dance in Ghana today and has even gone
international, have been hotly contested.
While one school of thought believes that it is a
neo- traditional dance of the Ga people in the
Greater Accra Region like as “Apaa” or “Gombe”,
others say it emanated from the creativity of some
Ghanaian dancers which was taken onto the world
stage by Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan, who dances
Azonto whenever he scores a goal.
But Bukom Banku has challenged those stories
claiming that he originated the dance and last
Saturday put up quite a show at the T-Havana Park
at Tema Community Nine to prove that he is the
king of Azonto.
While speaking on Adom FM’s entertainment
programme, Adom Billboard, two weeks before, Bukom
Banku contested the name Azonto being used for the
dance saying its original name is “Tso Ye Osee”
which in the Ga dialect literarily means “there is
a tree behind you so watch your back” and that was
when he issued the challenge that he was ready to
battle whoever believed could dance better than
True to his words he displayed a high sense of
creativity, artistry and flair as he danced his
version of Azonto to the admiration of the patrons
who had gathered at the Park.
His dance was characterized by movements such as
washing, driving and ironing and also boxing.
Bukom Banku being challenged by one of the
Patrons of the show shouted and applauded with joy
as they watched the talented boxer do his own
thing with some of them – young and old, male and
female - who believed in their dancing skills gave
him stiff opposition as they also exhibited
Speaking with Adom Entertainment News later, Bukom
Banku said that he was impressed about the talents
he saw in Tema.
“There are great crop of Dancers in Tema but their
style of Azonto is more of a formation dance and
not the original Azonto,” he said.
Source - Adomfm
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