What Is the ‘Tshwalabami’ Dance and How to Do This Trendy Dance Step?

Tshwalabami is taking the internet by storm on different social media platforms with #tshawalabamichallenge on Tiktok, Instagram and Facebook.

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African Dance 'Tshwalabami' Taking the Internet by Storm

Tshwalalbami is a dance recently made popular by the song Tshwala bami which was released on TikTok on January 17th, 2024 by South African artists S.N.E, EeQue, Yuppe, and TitoM. The dance step has since then become an internet sensation and gained so much attention from social media users from its birth country, across the coasts of Africa, and to other regions of the world. 

EeQue, one of the artists behind the hit song, explained how the collaboration came about on Podcast and Chill Network saying, “This song was recorded last year on a different beat by S.N.E, then Yuppe came through, took the vocals and he put them on another beat, cause it was like a whole different song.”

The dance has quickly gained popularity, captivating social media users not only in its birth country but also across Africa and beyond. Its infectious rhythm, tone, and Amapiano vibe have made it irresistible to music lovers worldwide, propelling it to the top of music charts on streaming platforms like Spotify, Audiomack, and Apple Music.

How To Do The ‘Tshwalabami’ Dance

The ‘Tshwala bami’ dance, characterized by upper-body movements and intricate footwork, has become a global trend, with thousands of social media users, including celebrities and content creators, joining the #tshawalabamichallenge on platforms like TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Notable figures such as Tyla, Kai Cenat, and Jason Derulo alongside Beyoncé’s dancers, the Les Twins, have also hopped on the trend.

Here is how to do the ‘Tshwala bami’ Dance:

  1. First, you should know that Amapiano beats are so infectious. To get in the zone to do this dance, you should allow the music to guide you. 
  1. Start by swaying your shoulders from side to side. Imagine you’re shrugging off stress and letting your arms flow naturally without stiffness. 
  2. Shift your weight from one foot to the other. Feel the groove, it’s all about those hips.  
  3. The Footwork: Lightly bounce on the balls of your feet. Move left, then right, then left again. 
  4. Raise your imaginary glass (filled with your favorite drink, of course). Cheers to life, amapiano, and to tshwalabami. 
  5. Flow with the beat and add your style.

This latest dance trend adds to the list of popular African dance moves that have previously dominated the internet, including Azonto, Skelewu, Gwara gwara, Kupe, Shaku shaku, Amapiano, and Nigerian legwork.

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