By BENJAMIN NJOKU
She stands straight on her feet, shoulder distancing apart in her all-black ensemble. Soon, she stretches her arms forward and backward, causing one arm to slightly cross the wrist of the other. Then, she starts performing the kicks and the legs get busier. Nodding intermittently like a lizard, and causing the onlooker to behold the sexy part of her feet. This is top Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, demonstrating few months back on the streets of New York the famous Shaku Shaku, an infectious dance step that has become a global obsession.
Genevieve, however, is not the only celebrity in Nigeria, who’s currently caught by the Shaku Shaku bug. While several others, including ex-beauty queen, Oluchi, Wizkid, DJ Cuppy, Davido, Rita Dominic, Tiwa Savage are all infected by the ‘dance disease,’ the internet also is suffused with thousands of videos of people demonstrating “Shaku Shaku” dance with great enthusiasm.
‘Shaku Shaku’, which reportedly originated from the slum of Agege, Lagos, in the late 2017, has since become the most favourite dance in Africa at the moment. The dance, which comes in different forms is infectious as it’s energetic, leaving the dancer energetic as if bewitched and the onlooker mesmerized.
To some people, ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance is a peculiar kind of a street dance trend, which spreads the Nigerian music culture beyond these shores and infecting other freestyles like a virus. But whatever it is, ‘Shaku Shaku’ is dominating the Africa music space and beyond. Almost everyone, both young and old worldwide are currently infected with ‘Shaku Shaku’ fever.
Before the advent of ‘Shaku Shaku’, other notable dance steps have come and gone. But it’s obvious that ‘Shaku Shaku’ has a freestyle that can stand the taste of time. Today, several radio and television stations in the country are currently devoting airtime to ‘Shaku Shaku’ more than any other known dance for their urban audiences. It’s a reminiscent of the days of the protest lyrics of Fela, the music-oriented sound of Makossa, Gwara Gwara or Galala, Alanta, Yahooze, Suo, Azonto, Skelewu and Shoki.
‘Shaku Shaku’ is in vogue. Everywhere you go, people are embracing the dance. It’s sweeping the globe. At nightclubs, parties, wedding ceremonies and at almost every dance-allowed event, ‘Shaku Shaku’ is the dance step to watch out.
Nollywood actress, Ijeoma Imoh, who loves to dance ‘Shaku Shaku’ believes that the dance is enjoying global appeal, not because it’s in vogue but also, because the hand movements seem less stressful and sexy when dancing to the beat. “Nice dance steps if you have to make use of your legs and hands. The leg movements is not that easy to learn except you are a fast learner or a football player. You can always make different styles with your hands and still look sexy,” the actress stressed.
But for veteran singer, Righteousman, like other dance steps, ‘Shaku Shaku’ won’t reign forever. He noted that the unique thing about the dance is that whoever originated the dance did not allow it be a brand of music style. “Trust me, almost everyone young and old is infected with Shaku Shaku fever. But it won’t be too long for another dance step to emerge and take over from Shaku Shaku. But the unique thing about Shaku Shaku dance is that whoever brought the dance did not allow it to be a brand of music style. Most artistes made mistakes in the past when they allowed a particular dance style to be their brands. It means that the artiste and the music begin to fade slowly out of the scene when a new style begins to reign because the music is tagged to the name of the dance style. Nigeria has talents.. so much more on the way but then Shaku Shaku is still leading.” Righteousman spoke with excitment.
Agreeing with Righteousman’s position,