How to dance vosho

South Africa's Vosho Dance Movements (information, videos, & comments)

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Excerpt #1
From https://www. WATCH: Can you do the head vosho?, Thursday 22 March 2018 -
"JOHANNESBURG – The popularised dance called the ‘vosho’ can be described as a South African dance that involves squatting and kicking at the same time.
The dance move has evolved into the ‘head vosho’, where instead of squatting and kicking you extend your arms and you lean your head forward to the rhythm."
This article includes some videos of head vosho.

Excerpt #2 [article about a contemporary South African dance that includes vosho movements]
Stylistic origins: House, kwaito, techno
Cultural origins: Early 2010s, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Gqom is a genre of electronic dance music that emerged in the early 2010s from Durban, South Africa.[1] It developed out of South African house music, kwaito and techno.[2] Unlike other South African electronic music, gqom is typified by minimal, raw and repetitive sound with heavy bass beats but without the four-on-the-floor rhythm pattern. [1]


Name and characteristics
The word gqom derives from an onomatopoeic combination of click consonants in the isiZulu and isiXhosa meaning a hitting drum. It is also expressed as qgom, igqom, gqomu or variants thereof.[5][6]

Gqom is known for its beats which have a minimal, raw and repetitive sound with heavy bass. It is mainly described as having a dark and hypnotic club sound. The style of beats does not use the four-on-the-flour rhythm pattern which is often heard in other house music.[1] Typical lyrical themes include nightlife. It often uses one phrase or a few lines which are repeated numerous times in the song.

Dance moves
Gqom music is associated with a number of distinctive dance moves, including gwara gwara, vosho and bhenga.[9]

Gwara gwara is performed by rolling and swinging the arm and the elbow in terms of making a circle, and one of the leg moves in connection with the arm's rhythm. It has some similarities to the Stanky Leg.[10] The dance move created by disc jockey and producer DJ Bongz, was heavily imitated by South Africans and other African people mainly during 2016. [11][12] It also received widespread globally as the choreography was adopted by notable musicians: Rihanna performed the dance move while performing Wild Thoughts at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in 2018. Childish Gambino performed the dance in the video of his song "This Is America".[13][14]"

Excerpt #3
From Soweto, The “storybook Place”: Tourism And
Feeling In A South African Township, Sarah Marie Kgagudi [dissertation], 2019
...South African house dance is characterized by bent legs moving rapidly back and forth, the top half of the body swaying back and forth in half the speed of the leg movements, and arms performing a series of movements such as bent arms with the elbows pushed back and one arm (often the left) moving forward and backwards perpendicular to the waist. A repertoire of specific house dance moves emerging from hit songs such as ‘sika lekhekhe,’ ‘gwaragwara,’ or ‘vosho’ are also inserted into this basic framework of house dance. In tandem with these dance moves, appropriate placements of whistling or verbal expression
of ‘woza,’ ‘hayibo,’ or a repetition of a syllable such as ‘ye,’ ‘ayi,’ or ‘hey’ over and over in descending tone until the last syllable which jumps up in a sort of shout are also signs of musical expertise."

Video #1: TOP 5 VOSHO DANCE [Compilation]

Ako Ideal Media, Jun 10, 2019

Video #2: How To Vosho "South African Dance" (Dance Tutorial) | Chop Daily

Chop Daily, May 25, 2018

Video #3: Sho Madjozi - John Cena | A COLORS SHOW

COLORS, Aug 15, 2019
Sho Madjozi says "Haibo! Haibo!" and then she does the vosho dance move (squatting down and kicking up one foot). Madjozi then says "It's too much". [This portion begins around 2:56 in that Colors video.]

Video #4: Kwapata 01

Sizwe Ngcobo, Sep 7, 2016

Vosho in PMB

Song: Isgubhu Sam
Artist: Ronald Lowe
PMB= Pietermaritzburg is the capital and second-largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Kwapata is the name of a secondary school and a high school in PMB, South Africa.
Here are some comments from this video's discussion thread (with numbers added for referencing purposes only)
1. Trivis Tab, 2019
"Africa.... the mother of dances ..."

2. Larrypint, 2019
"0:30 that looks like traditional russian dance"

3. lolololololo lololololololol, 2019
"@Larrypint lol Tsonga people have done that dance for over two thousand years pipe down mate"

4. Larrypint, 2019
"@lolololololo lololololololol any proof?"

5. lolololololo lololololololol, 2019
"@Larrypint mate ask any Tsonga people or go to south Africa and ask you can even ask your fellow whites who live among or close to Tsonga people or any traditional south African historian mate also that dance was also done in Turkey before Russia so claiming it to be Russian is funny"

6. Larrypint, 2019
"@lolololololo lololololololol I was asking for a proof. I can show you 400 years old Russian literature talking about these traditional dance. Turkey? It doesn't exist 500 years ago."

7. 3rd Eye, 2019
"@Larrypint Nah that dance came from Africa. Africa is the oldest continent. Nice try though slav"

8. 3rd Eye, 2019
"@Larrypint Africa is the mother of Russia too. So mother russia is really daughter russia 😄"

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