#Throwback (January 25, 2012): Controversy as Bukom Banku lays claim to Azonto

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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 such 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


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 literally 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 him.

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,

ironing as well as boxing.

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 marvelous moves.

Speaking with Adom Entertainment News later, Bukom Banku said that he

was impressed with 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.

Credit: GhanaWeb

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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