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Monday, 17 September 2018

THE ORIGIN OF 'SHAKUSHAKU' DANCE: THE REVOLUTION OF ART, CULTURE & PRESENT DAY MUSIC.

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The word 'SHAKU SHAKU' was actually gotten from the word shackles, which means chains or hand/leg cuffs. This dance defines all dimensions of slavery/ bondage.
 'Shakushaku', you put your hands at the back like handcuffs, you bring it to the front like handcuffs, you take it to your ears again, you then do your head like someone with coccidiosis.

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Shaku-shaku is a dance that’s performed by crossing your arms in front of each other at the wrist, widening your legs slightly, and launching into a graceful half-gallop. The rest of the movement involves mainly the dancer’s feet and is largely freestyled. After months of bubbling beneath the surface, shakushaku has become a bonafide viral hit; some have even nicknamed it ‘the Nigerian Gangnam style’ because of the slight similarities to Psy’s 2012 monster. The internet is now filled with thousands of videos of people attempting to shaku shaku, the likes of Wizkid, Davido, DJ Cuppy and Tiwa Savage have all posted videos of themselves in full stride.

However, it is Olamide that has truly taken shaku shaku from a street phenomenon to a viral hit. There isn’t any artist alive who has pushed dance culture from the streets into the mainstream – and vice versa – as much as Baddo. In 2012, his hit record “First Of All” was partly responsible for importing the Azonto craze from Ghana into mainstream Nigeria. His protege Lil Kesh, helped “Shoki” become the biggest dance move of 2014; the dance – in turn – made Kesh one of the quickest stars to break out in recent music history. Then the following year, Olamide did the improbable and created his own dance from scratch with “Shakiti Bobo”. Shaku shaku is just another one of the dance movements that the YBNL boss has been at the forefront of promoting.


After initially posting a short clip where he performs shaku shaku to “Saysaymaley” in December (off his Lagos Nawa album) to serve as a tutorial, Olamide went back into the studio this month and released a brand new single “Science Student” to serve as the official soundtrack to shaku.
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