Popular South African Amapiano dancer is spreading postive moves this Heritage Month

As South Africans come together in unison to celebrate Heritage Day by taking heed to the President's call to perform the "Jerusalema dance challenge" to celebrate our diverse heritage, popular dancer Sweet Lemonade is throwing her weight in by paying homage to the various South African dance styles she grew up with.

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Born Rethabile Thato Ntsoko, the talented majaivane (dancer), popular for her Amapiano dance videos on social media, will this week release 4 videos of 4 different dance styles, that were shot at 4 different locations, showcasing her diversity while showing the world what we are capable of as the nation, just as President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged us to.

The different dancing styles and locations are: 

  • Kwela dance/Penny-whistle; a popular dance from the 1950s which she shot in Newtown, Johannesburg
  • Sbujwa; this famed Soweto-born South African dance style got so big that it was featured in the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
  • Pantsula; made popular in the 1960s, this isn’t only a popular dance craze among South Africans, but also a cultural movement that originated which has remained popular to this day. She shot the video in Alexandra, one of the townships it originates from. 
  • Amapiano; currently the most popular music genre fusing kwaito, jazz and house beats, amapiano has also given birth to many top trending street dances. One of the places it originates from is Pretoria, which is also Sweet Lemonade’s hometown.

The eargerly-awaited dance videos follow hot on the heels of a tremendous success of the South African hit song, Jerusalema, by Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode.

The song has given birth not only to what has become known as the most viral dance craze of all times in South Africa with over 150 million YouTube views, but a global dance phenomenon which has the world – from the rest of Africa to France, Germany and Italy – dancing through the pandemic.


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