If you can take a minute to make your day a little brighter, then you could do much worse than watching this video. It’s Janca J, Denia Mzungu, and Radus with some fresh and fun Afrohouse choreography which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Afrohouse is a dance style that is a real mix of influences from a variety of African countries. As a music style, house has always had some influence from traditional African music and rhythms, but Afrohouse music began as a deliberate reconnection with African musical roots. And Afrohouse, as a dance, works along the same lines.
Afrohouse is a solo African movement dance and you can see elements of African tribal dances as well as more contemporary influences from the African diaspora, such as hip hop. In the same way that Afrohouse music uses modern technology to replicate the rhythms of traditional African music, Afrohouse dance uses modern African styles of dance brought together with more traditional ones.
It is different to the faster and more aggressive Kuduru dance style, which in some ways is itself a political statement by disenfranchised young people. Afrohouse puts a softer spin on the dance style but it still includes some key elements of Kuduru dance.
There is a huge dance music scene in South Africa and the Afrohouse dance landscape is constantly changing and growing as new innovators come in to put their own stamp on the dance. And that’s what makes it so exciting!
With that being said, there are definitely some popular steps to Afrouhouse that you can learn. And if you want to get in with the new moves that are coming out all the time, keep your eyes peeled for the next viral YouTube video! This is a cutting edge dance style that is developing before our very eyes, so it definitely pays to stay on top of what happens next.
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