If you love social media challenges then you’d have come across the “Pilolo” and “Kupe” dance challenges. AFROSAGES presents you Michael Amofa popularly known as Incredible Zigi, the creator of these dances and the Leader of the AFROZIG Movement.
AFROSAGES Interviews the Incredible Zigi
AFROSAGES: Welcome to our studio Zigi.
ZIGI: Thanks for having me. Let’s do this!
AFROSAGES: Who is Incredible Zigi?
ZIGI: Government name’s Michael Amofa, I have two siblings; a big brother and a sister. A staunch Barcelona and Messi fan. I love the color blue, but black and grey does it sometimes for me. I don’t joke with my “Brukina” with milk and groundnut. That is the source of my moves. I’ve let a secret out…. *laughs*
AFROSAGES: Interesting start.. this will be fun. Tell us about your early life and education.
ZIGI: Grew up in the streets of Awoshie, went to Crown Prince Academy then moved to Odorgonno Senior High School.
AFROSAGES: When did dancing start and when did it become a profession?
ZIGI: Dancing for me started since childhood, let’s say Primary school. I became a professional dancer during Junior High School. I was part of a dance crew; “2 Tyt Crew”, I danced with them after school.
AFROSAGES: What are some of the challenges you faced when you started to take dancing seriously?
ZIGI: *Sighs* Public and family discouragement. “Have you seen anyone make a living out of dancing?” It got to a point where my uncle wasn’t giving me money for school because he thought i was wasting school fees.
AFROSAGES: Whoa! That must be tough for you?
ZIGI: Rel tough, but man pulled through.
AFROSAGES: Do you remember your first paid gig?
ZIGI: Who doesn’t remember his or her first paid gig? *laughs* This is a funny one, after completing Junior High, we went for this show and we were given only T&T. *laughs* Like my first pay from my craft… It was interesting back then.
AFROSAGES: *laughs* That’s really interesting. How many music videos have you featured in?
ZIGI: Errrmmm I’ve lost count. I’ve worked with Patoranking, Shatta Wale, Eazzy, Stonebwoy, Kwesi Arthur, Yaa Pono, Medikal, Quamina MP, Mr Eazi and Lil Shaker.
AFROSAGES: That’s an impressive list. What does the future hold for Zigi and dancing?
ZIGI: Zigi is the CEO of AFROZIG; a movement that inspires, grooms and provides dance opportunities for dancers on the street for survival ( I mean rural and urban but more focused on the rural areas). I believe the raw art of dance comes from there. So this movement is to give them the exposure they (the street dancers) need and also get them the gigs to be paid and survive on… AFROZIG will represent the street because I used to do a lot of dancing on the street on my way up here.
Currently, we’re working on a World Tour… It’s not easy for dancers to move around easily unlike musicians( visa issues) but I believe with the World Tour, dancers from Africa will get inspired to explore and exchange the dance culture out there and dancers there (diaspora) will get to learn moves from the roots… I mean the originators which would even reduce second hand teachings.@incrediblezigi is the CEO of AFROZIG; a movement that inspires, grooms and provides dance opportunities for dancers on the street for survival. Click To Tweet
AFROSAGES: That is inspiring. Any messages for your fans out there?
ZIGI: I want to appreciate my fans for every single data they used to view my craft out there… it means a lot to me, this is only the beginning of our greatness. Bless!
AFROSAGES: Before we let you go we have this game, we’ll tell you something and you tell us the first thing that comes in your mind. Are you game?
ZIGI: Let’s shoot. Born ready!
ZIGI: Family and Craft!
ZIGI: South Africa, their sounds are good for creating dance moves.
ZIGI: *smiles* Brabus
ZIGI: *with a serious face* Quickies
ZIGI: Home of creatives!
ZIGI: *with a grin* Zigi
AFROSAGES: Boom! Thanks for passing through Zigi.
ZIGI: Pleasure is all mine. I had fun!
Well folks, do enjoy this dance from Incredible Zigi and AFROZIG, we are out!