One Direction 2013: Harry Styles is a fan of Ghanaian dance, Azonto! How much do you want to see him perform it?! (VIDEO)

by Lynn Rowlands

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Fans of One Direction will know that when the lads were in Ghana recently, they took to Twitter to remark how awful conditions were in the slum areas they visited…

And after reading their tweets, Ghanaian actresses Ama K. Abebrese and Lydia Forson slammed the boys for their remarks.

Ama tweeted, “@NiallOfficial n @onedirection … Next time, also tweet about the luxury hotel and VIP treatment and beauty of the country you enjoyed.”

And Lydia added, “Dear @onedirection next you visit a country, remember like yours there are beautiful and ugly parts. Don’t base your views on one part.”

Well, while that may have stung, evidently Harry Styles took at least one thing away from his trip to Ghana that was a positive; a new found love for Azonto dancing!

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And though Harry tweeted just one word about it, “AZONTO!” one might assume that he could be learning the moves as we speak.

Here’s what Wiki has to say about the dance…

harry stylesAzonto is a dance and a music genre originating from Ghana. Azonto as a dance had been in existence in some Ghanaian communities. It was popularized in 2010 when Asamoah Gyan in the2010 FIFA World Cup performed the dance during his goal celebrations and subsequently when he played for his then soccer club Sunderland A.F.C.

The dance incorporates complex co-ordinates body movement and non-verbal communication in a rhythmic fashion in very few one-two timed steps. Just like most African dances, knee bending and hip movements are rudiments to dancing it.

The dance has effectively evolved from a few rudimentary moves to embrace depictions of ironing,washing, driving, boxing, grooming, praying, swimming, and others.

Generally, the dance reflects the creativity, intelligence, and rich sense of humour of the Ghanaian people. The dance, which is usually performed with an accompanying smile, evolved from the combination of several local dance moves that originated from Ghana during the early 2000s.

The dance has evolved with the fast pace dance culture of modern West Africa. It is also true that before the dance became famous, youth in senior high schools of Ghana had a similar but different way of doing the dance. A modification of that is what we see today. It involved a similar movement of the feet, hands, and hips and, at the end of every move, a gun shot was mimicked with the hand and, if possible, the mouth.

Here’s a look at how it’s done…

Fingers crossed that Harry may pop up somewhere soon dancing Azonto style!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.