Tuesday, February 7, 2017

YouTube Video: A-Z of African Dance (with a list of the featured dances):

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases the Senegalese produced video "A-Z OF AFRICAN DANCE". This video features performances of one or two alphabetized examples of various traditional and/or contemporary (modern) African dances.

Although it's not stated in this video or its summary, I'm certain that this video is just a small sampling of traditional African dances and contemporary African dances.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in this video and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.


The Dance HALL Published on May 18, 2014

1er centre de danses urbaines au Sénégal -
1st urban dance center in Senegal -
Information from
"This is A-Z of African Dance by Senegal’s Dance Hall, a Dakar dance center founded by 26 year old Mariama Touré. She was recently featured in this Google Business Talks profile/commercial where she talks about the A-Z video".

This list provides the names of these African dances are presented in the order that they are featured in this video along with the dances' country of origin and the beginning time in that video.

This section also includes information about most of these dances' nation of origin or links to YouTube videos of these dances that I retrieved from various online sources.

Additions and corrections are very welcome.

1. A = Azonto [Ghana] (beginning of the video)
"Azonto is a dance and a music genre originating from Ghana. Azonto is known to have originated from a traditional dance called Kpanlogo from the coastal areas like Chorkor, James Town, La, Teshie, Nungua and in the port town of Tema, all part of the Greater Accra Region.
The dance involves a set of hand movements that either mimic everyday activities or are meant to signal an often amusing intention. It begun with one or two step movements but has been advanced to more complex and almost acrobatic movements. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movements are elements to dancing it. The dance has effectively evolved from a few rudimentary moves to embrace depictions of ironing,washing, driving, boxing, grooming, praying, swimming, and others."...

2. B = bolo (0.19)
Gabonese dance

3. C = coupé décalé (0.33)
"Coupé-Décalé is a type of popular dance music originating from Côte d'Ivoire and the Ivorian diaspora in Paris, France. Drawing heavily from Zouglou and Zouk with African influences, Coupé-Décalé is a very percussive style featuring African samples, deep bass, and repetitive minimalist arrangements."...

4. D = dialgati (0.41)

5. E. = ëpukay (0.47)

6. F. = flékélé (0.57)

funana (1.04) [From Cape Verde]

7. G. = gweta (1:10) [Ivory Coast}

8. H. = hapingo (1:24)

9. I. = ikoku (1:40) [Gabon

A commenter on this video's discussion thread wrote that this dance reminded him of the Congolese dance "kamulangu":
Ulysse Aurora, 2014
"Ma chroniqueuse parle souvent de cette danse du Gabon, so je voulais voir a koi ca ressemble. I like it! en plus, ca me rappelle une danse de chez moi (Congo DRC) appellee "kamulangu". Merci pr la video"

Google translate from French to English:
My chronicler often talks about this Gabon dance, so I wanted to see a koi ca looks like. I like it! In addition, it reminds me of a dance of my home (Congo DRC) called "kamulangu". Thanks for the video xxxx

10. J.= jazzé (1:57)
From "young talents/african"
"It [jazzé] is the actual fashion dance in Gabon for a little bit more than 2 years ago, it replaces its predecessor the Bolo. Conscious of the cultural effects of a dance for it's country, gabonese people try to promote it in their clip, in videos on internet, in concerts... A lot of attention that Bolo has not really known.

In spite of such efforts, Jazzé still being danced by gabonese people."

11. K. = kizomba (2:14)
"Kizomba is one of the most popular genres of dance originating in Angola. Unlike semba, kizomba music is characterized by a slower and usually very romantic rhythm.

Stylistic origins: Semba – Kompa and Kilapanga
Cultural origins: Late 1970s Angola"

12. L. = logobi (2:24)
From "young talents/african"
In Ivory-Coast, new dances rain... It might be the country most productive in this way. It must be due to ivorian singer (called DJ) who launch a new dance to accompany the new tube they turn out.

Logobi seems to exist since the second part of the 80's. It used to be remixed over the years with african contemporaries dances and succeed to seduce many kids in France..."

13. M. = mulay ceuguin (2:40)

14. N. = ndem (2.50)
Here's a comment from that video's discussion thread:
odrique GUETSS, 2012
Vive la musique folklorique du Cameroun
"Long life the folk music of the Cameroons"

15. O. = Oriental 3:06 [Note: In the United States, this type of dancing is referred to as "belly dancing". Referring to it as "Oriental" would probably be considered offensive.]

16. P. = Pantsula (3:26)

17. Q. No dance is featured for this letter. The word "Quoi?" (French) = "What?" (English) is shown on the screen. (3:40)

18. R. = rass (3:50)

rimbaxpaxpax (3:57)

19. S = Sabar [Senegal] (4:02)

skelewu (4:16)

20. t. = taracha (4:27)

thiaxagün (4:37)

21. U. No dance is featured for this letter. (4:47)

22. V. = vooga (4:50)

23. W. = wati dance (5:00)

24. X. = xeccël mbalu jënn (5:12)

25. Y. = youza (5:22)

26. Z.= zoropoto (5:32)
From "young talents/african"
"Zropoto or Zoropoto (or Placali dance) was one of the popular dances in 2011-2012 in Ivory Coast. Launched bu DJ Arafat since may 2010, it is a mix of hip hop and dances from Ivory Coast. It keep on seducing kids as we can see on internet, revealing very young genius of self-expression through movement.

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