If you’re familiar with Nigerian music, you’ll have noticed there is a long history of being able to make a hit musically combined with a good dance step bang to.
This trick used by this artists can be traced back to Olu Maintain hit song, ‘Yahoozee’. I remember busting some sleek moves with my boys back in primary school anytime the jam comes up during our school social events or outdoor events. ‘Yahoozee’ was that huge, mostly because of the dance steps. You had to raise your head to a certain angle while rhythmically thrusting your hands in the air with fingers pointed upwards. And maybe raising one leg at a time to a comfortable angle. That was ‘Yahoozee’ in full display, it wasn’t just a song or a vibe, there was a special dance for it.
That trick used then has not changed by any means. You’ll certainly remember Iyanya’s ‘Kukere’ backed by a good deal of waist shaking and feet stamping. Fast forward to the viral ‘Dab’ & ‘One Corner’ etc.
So there this new dance move called ‘Shaku Shaku’ going viral like a wildfire. The movement is crazy to say the least and it’s literally very hot on the streets, pub houses and clubs. The ‘Shaku Shaku’ trend began sometime in the last quarter of 2017 thanks to songs like ‘WO’ which was released towards the end of last year. Now in 2018 ‘Shaku Shaku’ is a full craze one you may even need a tutorial to learn if you care.
Every young Nigerian who is socially ‘woke’ knows about this crazy dance steps even our dear celebrities have kept the fun going as they try to outdo one another doing the ‘Shaku Shaku’ thing.
A flashback to 2016, this was a typical year when mid tempo jams qualified to become instant hit songs, we had ‘Pana’, ‘Leg Over’, ‘Mama’ by Kiss Daniel. 2017 was christened the year of the ‘Pon Pon’ sound with mad songs like ‘IF’, ‘Gaaga Shuffle’, ‘Mama’, ruling the airwaves and the list goes on. As this year continues to unfold it seems like we will see more of ‘Shaku Shaku’ as a major theme for songs being made during the course of the year.
Already, trendsetter Olamide has drawn the first blood with his now buzzing song ‘Science Student’. Reminisce has ‘Problem’ while D’banj just put out ‘Issa Banger’. All the listed songs above have the ‘Shaku Shaku’ theme, meaning you can pull the exact dance steps to go with these songs.
As far as speculation goes, we can argue that ‘Shaku Shaku’ is quickly edging out whatsoever is left off the ‘Pon Pon’ sound. Pretty soon it would become the template for any artist who wants to create an acceptable song or better still a smash hit. At this point I’m trying to do my own moves to Mr Real’s ‘Legbegbe’.
How Do You Dance ‘Shaku Shaku’?
It would be pointless to talk about crazy dance ‘Shaku Shaku’ without mentioning how to dance or make the moves.
First of all make sure you’re listening to a song that well goes with the ‘Shaku Shaku’.
The dance begins with the dancer standing legs astride. Then a false or unfinished ‘leg over’ move is made to the right and to the left with hands slightly crossed. The upper trunk of the body moves slightly in rhythm in either direction of the leg work. This false ‘leg over’ mark is done at least three times on either legs before making this hand movement like you’re pulling a generator cord. You take a quick squat once or twice while pulling out either legs and then rising up. Continue above routine.