SDEHotlist: Six breathtaking dance moves that rocked 2019

Screengrab of KRG in Mathogothanio video [Photo: Courtesy]

While some dances have roots that go back centuries, new must try routines pop up every year, and, more often than not, shape cultures and personify moments.

Shaku Shaku courtesy of Nigerian star Olamide, Malwedhe by Limpopo crooner King Monada, and Vimbada - a creation of Kenyan gospel stars Moji Short Babaa and Jabidii, among others, gave Kenyans a reason to put on their dancing shoes and groove to the beat in 2018.

So what was hip in 2019?


It is no secret that 2019 was Gengetone’s golden year.

This was best exemplified by the success of breakout of groups such as Ethic, Sailors, The Decimators and Boondocks.

These young stars, apart from their enchanting music that captivated their youthful audience, brought with them dance styles that cemented their musical careers and projected them as forces to reckon with.

While it is worth mentioning that they all put their foot forward, Mathogothanio by KRG the Don and Boondocks encapsulated this new era.

With a catchy hook screaming lyrics like “Guthigithigi mathogothanio guthigitha” it is easy to understand why Mathogothanio, according to many, was a representation of Kenya’s shift.

John Cena

South African rapper Maya Christinah Xichavo Wegerif, known professionally as Sho Madjozi, had a jaw dropping 2019.

Madjozi's John Cena track catapulted her to international stardom and exposed her to a new frontier with new unimaginable possibilities.

Her craft exponentially grew under a year after she debuted with the much acclaimed Limpopo Champions League album.

The Tanzania educated rapper’s crowing moment was on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" after the wrestler and actor with whom she, Madjozi, named the song after, danced to it.


This list would not be complete without East Africa’s most bankable singer Diamond Platnumz.

The Wasafi Classic Baby (WCB) mogul whose songs are synonymous with dance left a huge mark in 2019 with several hits including The One and Inama.

Kanyaga, however, overshadowed his other hits in terms of choreography and creativity considering that his other hit dance song, Tetema, is actually credited to his label signee, Rayvanny.

In the song, as represented in the videos many masquerades, Diamond spoke of his decision to step on things or people holding him back. The dance itself added a nice ring to it.


As stated above, Rayvanny’s Tetema featuring Platnumz was a massive hit that spurned a challenge that pulled the who’s who across Africa including Kenya’s Opposition leader Raila Odinga.

On YouTube, Tetema has garnered over 32 million views, as of November 2019, despite Kenya Film and Classification Board CEO Dr Ezekiel Mutua announcing the song’s public performance ban.

Mutua, in his statement, noted that the song though not illegal, was not suitable for children.

“Just the same way beer is not illegal, but there is an age restriction on alcohol consumption to protect children,” he said.

Fire Waist

Tanzanian musician Rajab Abdul Kahali alias Harmonize outdid himself on this one despite facing a lot of backlash over his desire to severe ties with his mentor Diamond Platnumz at the time.

Featured by Nigerian rapper Raoul John Njeng-Njeng, better known by his stage name Skales, Harmonize infused his EA touch to the top notch tune that, as the title suggests, involves energetic gyrations.


Zanku aka legwork was a viral dance from Nigeria that emerged early in the year courtesy of fast rising ace Zlatan Ibile.

Zlatan, in fact, released "Zanku" towards the end of 2018 with the dance as its spectacular flavor reminiscent to the wave Olamide’s Science Student video blew in.

 It, however, did not get its due, mainstream, attention until early 2019 and now boasts several spinoffs, tutorials and credence as Nigeria’s true street dance.