How many of us wondered who those two guys were that were footworkin’ with Beyonce in the first dance sequence of her video?? They are two of the three members of a Mozambican kwaito dance group called Tofo Tofo.
Beyonce’s choreographer, Frank Gaston, Jr. sat down with MTV News and shared how they helped shape the moves in Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” video:
“We had seen something on YouTube; we had seen these three guys from Africa, this Mozambique African dance troupe … we were like, ‘Wow, this is an amazing movement.’ [...] And that movement has always been in the back of our head for the last year. From there, we talked about a lot of concepts.”
“We say, ‘Share the light, you sparkle brighter,’ and we share our light with a lot of new, creative people. I feel like we really nailed it and, again, my hats off to the Tofo Tofo guys [from Africa], ’cause none of us could imitate that. We had to bring them around to learn that [move], which is really, really interesting. They had such a great vocabulary of movement.”
“Those two dancers not only helped shape the moves in the video, but also moved Beyoncé. That was probably one of the most beautiful experiences for Beyoncé. They were so humbled. [...] I’m pretty sure we’ll see them again. It was magical.” [Read more]
According to Gaston, it took about two months to track down the dancers due to them living in remote areas in their home country of Mozambique. Beyonce wanted them to be a part of her video so bad that they had to get the Embassy’s help to find them! What a blessing!
Check out the YouTube clip below where the trio laid down some serious footwork while dancing at a Mozambican wedding. Aaaayyyyyye!