Azontomentary [ZIF Press]

Dance crazes are a dime a dozen, but never have I come across one with the sociological implications of the Ghanaian dance referred to as “Azonto”. Here’s a quick synopsis by Wiki:

The African dance form incorporates complex co-ordinates body movement and non-verbal communication in a rhythmic fashion in very few one-two timed steps. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movements are rudiments 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.

Generally, the dance reflects the creativity and rich sense of humour of the Ghanaian people. The dance, which is usually performed with an accompanying smile, evolved from the combination of several local dance moves that originated from the southern-most part of Ghana during the early 2000s. The dance has evolved with the fast pace dance culture of modern West Africa. It is also true that before the dance became famous, youth in senior high schools of Ghana (especially Tema) had a similar but different way of doing the dance. A modification of that is what we see today. It involved a similar movement of the feet, hands, and hips and, at the end of every move, a gun shot was mimicked with the hand and, if possible, the mouth.

We are proudly working with our partners at Aspecks to showcase this documentary which takes an in depth on the ground look at a dance that is changing the way nations, culture and their peoples identify themselves. Press can apply for an advance media pass that includes a first hand glimpse of the film, send inquires to

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Lil Flip pays homage to Kim Kardashian and I’ve got rhetorical questions

Honestly, a tough call

I know I know, all you lady readers are pulling some SMH action, why are there more random pictures of scantily clad women being posted? Well we’re a hip hop site, urban culture, whatever, and Ms. Kardashian has just had a track recorded in her honor by Flipperaci aka Lil Flip. Lil Flip is using the reality sex goddess to propel his stunted (not stuntin) career out of oblivion, and frankly, why not? There are not many women out there that have caused the stir that Ms Kardashian has, we’ve been so saturated by Kim that I barely remember the vivid visuals of the Ray J tape, real talk. Now Kim rolls deep, sisters Kourtney and Khloe included. With a series of reality shows and spin offs, the Kardashian family has extended their cultural significance farther than power attorney Robert ever could have, and he got OJ off!

Lil Flip isn’t going to depend solely on the Kardashian magnetism, he has rolled out a marketing campaign involving finding the dancers to coordiante and come up with the “Kim Kardashian” dance for the music video. The submissions are pouring in.

MPFREE: Lil Flip – Kim Kardashian

Now we could discuss the underlying genius that is behind this marketing move by Flip, and how Kim Kardashian is already raving about this single all over Twitter. But, here’s the question that really intrigues me. You’re on a deserted island. You have no real idea if you’ll ever be rescued, sort of like Tom Hanks in that Fed Ex flick. Kim or Kourtney? Who do you relegate to your personal paradise?

Exhibit A.


Need More Material to Make the Call? Examine the Evidence and Vote In our Poll. After the jump…

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