Gasmilla Fires Sarkodie Over Azonto Ownership

Over the weekend there was so much talk about Sarkodie's appearance on

BBC and his comment that he gave birth to azonto. His appearance on

BBC showed how big an artiste he has become, how well he is known all

over the world and importantly the kind of impact his music has made.

However, his comment that he gave birth to azonto seemed to have

sparked so much controversy as to who exactly gave birth to azonto.

Names like Gasmilla, Stay Jay, FBS, Akoo Nana (now Nahna) and that of

Sarkodie seem to be associated with azonto and make it very difficult

to attribute the birth of azonto to just one person. In an exclusive

interview with Flex Newspaper, Gasmilla, one of Ghana's hiplife

artistes' with the current "3 points" hit track, he noted that it is

not true that Sarkodie gave birth to azonto as the dance has been in

existence for a long time and is mostly done by Ga communities.

Gasmilla revealed that he was the first musician to produce an azonto

video and that his "aboodatoi" track which helped to bring to the

forefront in the music industry was first uploaded by legacygh on July

28,2011 and was later uploaded by Ghanapromo on their YouTube channel

on September 18,2011. He also noted that Sarkodie does not have the

audacity to claim ownership of azonto as he (Gasmilla) released a

tutorial on the azonto dance on November 11, 2011 long before Sarkodie

released anything on azonto. The release of the azonto dance tutorial

helped him get the chance to work with MTN and has also had the

opportunity to be featured in hundreds of documentaries on azonto.

Gasmilla explained that in as much as azonto has been around for a

long time, he is the first musician to have commercialized that dance

before the likes of Fuse ODG and Sarkodie helped to push azonto

worldwide. He explained that through his work of making azonto

recognized in the music industry, he has had many media institutions

like BBC, VOX Africa, etc and many scholars coming from distinguished

Universities all over the world to interview him and produce

documentaries on him, in which he educates them on how to do the

azonto dance.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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