African Dance: 10 Most Popular African Dance Moves


African dance has transformed over the years with African music. The traditional African dance is gradually making way for more modern dance moves. Dance in general is the art of expression with coordinated body movement which aim to serve the purpose of communication. In various parts of the globe, such transformation seem to be the order of the day with some simple and funny dance moves sweeping across the globe like wild fire as seen in the Gangnam Style dance steps.

In Africa, the African dance transformation seem to be spearheaded by the West African countries. Answers Africa brings you 8 of the most famous African dance steps.

African Dance: 10 Famous Dance Steps

10. Galala Dance

The Galala dance was highly associated with ghetto to the point that it became the official dance in every Nigerian ghetto community. This African dance style was highly promoted by prominent Nigerian acts who happen to be an offspring of the ghetto community. Some of the most popular musicians that are associated with Galala dance include notable acts like Daddy Showkey, African China and Baba Fryo

9. Suo Dance

The suo dance was another African dance that made waves across Africa especially the west. The Suo gradually substituted the makossa dance which paved way for its entrance into the Nigerian entertainment scenario. The suo dance was largely ignited by African musicians like Danfo Drivers (mad melon and mountain black), Marvelous Benjy amongt others. The moves involved in a typical Suo dance involves the lowering of the waist and the pulling and stretching hand movement as may be likened to someone about to start a generator set.

8. Bobaraba  Dance

Bobaraba Dance originated from Ivory Coast. It is otherwise regarded as “big bottom” dance that was popularized by DJ Mix and DJ Eloh’s hit song Bobaraba 

7. Hlokoloza Dance 

Hlokoloza dance originated from South Africa. Kwaito artist Arthur Mafokate, introduced ‘Hlokoloza’ to Africa and the world. Put in his words, “Hlokoloza is a variation on several township dances put together with a bit of the ‘Hlokoloza’ swag.” Hlokoloza in its current form debuted in 2011 but has taken South Africa by storm with its patrons characteristically South African chant of ‘Ayo-yo!!’.

6. Yahoozee

Yahooze dance moves hit the stage and made its waves however, Yahoozee dance style had some negative attachments since it was alleged to be a dance style founded by the yahoo boys (internet scammers and fraudsters). The African dance style was quite popular after the release of the song that introduced it. Nigerian singer, Olu Maintain adopted this dance style as a trade mark for his hit song and re-packaged yahoozee into a brand name. The dance virtually contains a lot of hand movements (pointing up with style) while the feet remain rather stationary or is just merely tapping on the floor.

5. Mapouka

Mapouka dance originated from Cote d’ Ivoire, another French-speaking West African country. In the late 1990s, a dance called mapouka was banned by governments of several west- African countries for its excessive sexual contents

4. Alanta

Just about when you think ok no more dance crazes, Atalanta breezed in. Alanta dance was popular that it managed to find its way into most west African social functions. Churches, amusement spots, work places, and dance shows were all victims of the Atalanta fever. The hand and leg movements and the grotesque facie produce a crazy spectacle. The Alanta dance craze was helped popularized by Nigerian musicians like Artquake, Terry G, Timaya, TuFace Idibia

3. Makossa Dance/Rhumba/ Soukous Dance


African Rumba, more popularly known as Makossa or Soukous,  is another dance that almost literally took over the entire African continent. The makossa dance step conquered virtually every African nation. The dance originated from the French-speaking West African country of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in late 1990s. The makossa dance became so trendy that it eliminated other trendy African dance steps at that time. Names like Koffi Olomide and Awilo Longomba are almost synonymous with the dance. Makossa involves a lot of wining and thrusting hip movement.

2. Azonto

Azonto is one of the most recent dance craze that has taken the world by storm since the latter end of 2011. From night clubs and the streets of Ghana where it originated to churches and schools, the Azonto dance got a strong grip on the average African who loves to dance.

The Azonto dance has its origin from some of the less affluent parts of Accra and achieved a global reach. It is an expressive and communicative dance that lets you communicate what you may have in mind while the music is going on. Azonto can be seen in songs like  “Kukere” – Iyanya, “Dance”– R2bees feat. Wizkid; “You Go Kill Me” – Sarkodie feat. E.L. and “Shashe Wowo” – Stay Jay feat.

1. Alingo

The Alingo dance is one of the most recent dance moves in Africa popularized by the twin duo: P- Square in their song titled “Alingo” it is a bit more fast paced and requires a bit more energy than the Azonto dance. With the way things are going, it won’t be long before we witness another wave of African dance moves.

  • pdeezy

    I love the whole bit of that but who is the richest and youngest mucian in Africa

  • Thinamazulu

    Thanks for this list.

  • CEO

    Indeed Jose Chameleone deserves it , he sets pace , he has done alot of collabos with internationally reknowned artists. He is the first Ugandan Musician to perform live @ the biggest sports event in the world. The FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 which was hosted by South Africa

  • kikomeko charles

    Big up to jose because he has really worked so hard for that position here in our country and the p squares of Nigeria congs to them too they really deserve the position,

  • Crais de king

    Sure is jose chamealeon number 10

  • Muyingo joseph

    Jose Chameleone is a great man to in top 10. The man has got money.

  • http://g Ricardo

    For haters tell those you wish to be on the list to work hard instead of complaining! Congs the famed “Badilisha man”. Atlast the revolution from Nairobi has materialised to a fortune.

  • Ssenono Charles Innocent Ssemujju

    There are a lot of people down here in Uganda criticising our boy Jose for the wrong reasons. I think the critics are just ‘political’. The man deserves more than that, he’s an inspirational singer!!

  • Bukky November

    oh pulease! so cos they have cars and houses and charge millions for shows, they suddenly become Africa’s richest?

  • shola ebony

    What about king sunny ade king of world beat

  • katongole rogers

    To all musicians from UG work harder dream bigger
    Greatness is not given it is earned BRAVO CHAMIILLLLIII

  • ahmed nyenga

    thanx for the list…indeed,the duo naija boys deserves that position, i read recently that they had 250 million dollars


    I am really happy for u i.e P-Square for holding the second position. keep it up

  • Mugnny Nsereko

    big up, i appreciate hard work

  • Dapo

    lol, omo i swear na u mumu pass for this world, na free show make dem do to become African Richest…. Expensive ode

  • afrdk

    Maybe its just me, but with the exception of number 1,5, 8, I think the rest of them look utterly ridiculous with their attempts to emulate American hip hop artists with their poses and style.

  • http://google Fred

    I love every step of tuface in a man despite what comes is way he fight to know who. He really are

  • thobile mashego

    I really appreciate the good news, one is motivated by such.

  • fairness

    zim as the richest musicians this list is so damn biased

  • John Mbayu

    its the richest musicians of Africa boo boo

  • Graham

    Well I don’t give a damn who’s no 1 or 10 all I know is how have all of them or rather each of them helped in touching lives in Africa?

  • Alois Guzha

    where is my oliver mtukudzi?

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  • Henry

    How many people you bless that is how you measure success……. bros do something to help ur country brodas and not just buy cars and jets..

  • Uriah Papie Quire

    I think these guys should not just live in mansions n drive d best of cars but share wit those who make them rich!

  • Uriah Papie Quire

    Let these guys share part of their wealth wit those that are considered d less fortunate n get God’s blessings to have more mansions and dollars…