A few months ago Azonto took the world by storm. Next came an even bigger dance fad – the gangnam style – which as one would expect suffered hugely from the myriad of copies and parodies (see the African Gangnam Style) that these fads seem to trigger.
For those bored with both Azonto and Gangnam style, you may be interested to know that the next big dance craze is the harlem shake.
This is how it is described by Wiki – “The Harlem shake, originally called the albee in Harlem, is a dance that started in 1981. The dance became mainstream in 2001 when G-Dep featured the Harlem shake in his music video Let’s Get It. It has its history from a North-East African or Ethiopian (Abyssinian) dance called “Eskista” and was allegedly started in Harlem by a man named Al B. Its ancient form “Eskista” is still used in Ethiopia today.“
The Harlem shake, which comprises of lots of shoulder shaling, is nothing new though. African Americans have been doig the Harlem shake since the early 2000s. However, as any seasoed or perhaps a novice media wachter will tell you, once the world’s “hipsters! and zealous mainstream media houses get bored they drag one of these fads out, redress it, claim it and shove it down unspesecting punters throat as the next “big” thing!
Without gettig too down beat about this new fad, I have to admit that I am secretly waiting for the new bonafide African version to come out . It is hertening that it has its origins from North East Africa and I hope those origins are not lost in this dance fad’s inevitable elevation to viral-dom.