SHAKU SHAKU; WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE GLOBAL DANCE STEP
Shaku Shaku dance is the latest step trend in the Nigerian music industry, It has become a growing trend and for now, there is no sign that it will die down anytime soon. So we have decided to tell you about the origin and history of the dance and how it has taken over the mainstream media. This dance made its first entrance into the wave of Nigerian mainstream circa 2017 with the Nigerian Street Hop sound, propagated by Agege boys like Mr. Real, Slimcase, Obadice and Dammy Krane. The dance steps are like the steps of a drunk person or someone who has smoked copious amounts of weed. It is done by stretching out the arm and crossing them over each other in front with the legs widened out and launching into a graceful half-galloping. The rest routine in the dance is more of a freestyle. The dance has even been tagged as the Nigerian Gangnam style.
Although the dance is credited to Olamide, the truth is that he is not the inventor of the dance. But he played the major role in the crossing over of the dance to the mainstream media. The dance originated in the streets. According to DJ Real, Shaku Shaku name is for street guys, and the dance was named after their particular style of dances when they are drunk or have smoked weed. The DJ thinks that the dance comes from Agege area in Lagos state.After months of trending beneath the surface, Olamide who has a reputation for bringing the street into the mainstream media used Shahku Shaku dancers in the video of his hit song “Wo”. The dance started to become popular. But the main breakthrough of Shaku Shaku by Olamide came after the fourth edition of his annual Olamide Live in Concert (OLIC 4) show. Instead of holding the concert at the popular Eko Hotel convention centre, he held the show on the mainland at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. The concert showcased some of the best street records of 2017 by artists like Dj Real, Slimcase, Dj Enimoney with the dance showcased in front of more than ten thousand people. By the end of 2017, the Internet was filled with different videos of people doing the Shaku Shaku dance including popular artists like Davido, Dj Cuppy, Tiwa Savage, Wizkid.
As Nigeria’s pop culture soars high, the guys at EA Sports have tapped into the green-white-green-wave.
Basketball players in 2K19 now have the option of doing the ‘Shaku Shaku’ as a celebratory dance in the game. From the streets of Agege, ‘Shaku Shaku’ has now gone global an is no longer a Nigerian street dance.
How did a catchy dance move that originated from the slum of Agege captivate the world? what ever is the reason why it spread like fire worldwide, We all think the dance has come to stay…