American singer, Rihanna, performed an African dance routine at the Grammy awards on Sunday.


Rihana, in a sparkly fuchsia gown, complete with a fringed hemline and a hibiscus draped behind her ear, danced the South African ‘gwara gwara’ while performing ‘Wild Thoughts’, her collaboration with DJ Khaled.

Several international news media had mistaken the dance for a similar American dance called ‘the stanky legs’.

However, some Africans on Twitter promptly made the clarification.


British-Nigerian actress and singer, Cynthia Erivo, said, “this is not the Skanky leg; this is the #GwaraGwara it originates in South Africa”.

Similarly, a dance group, AVO Boyz, took to their Instagram handle @official_avoboyz to corroborate the correction.


The Barbados singer was taught the dance routine by the AVO Boyz who also joined her on stage for the performance.

A key member of the group, Stephen Ojo, thanked the pop star for learning the dance.

He wrote: “Riri, thank you for giving Afrobeats/African dance a chance and letting us teach you. God bless you. You, Bryson and Khaled are all some humble people. God is good.”

Rihanna won her ninth Grammy award for her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on ‘Loyalty’.


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