The dance however was very frantic, roared, rattled, twanged, contorts and tumbles and lasted for quite awhile. The Banjo was used as a musical instrument in the music as well.
Musicians sit kinda in a circle and play a bamboula melody which is characterized by a precise rhythm, while some of the women form a "chorus", singing and clapping their hands, and the men bow and the ladies curtsy. A male dancer would step into this ring and start his dance and chants "Aye Ya Yi." Sooner or later he dances over to another female and takes her hand, guiding here into the circle, Stands her before him and starts to dance for her. During this time the musicians become more frantic in their playing and the female chorus grows more sharp and staccato in nature. During this fervor, another couple enters the ring and starts their dance and yet another enters. The dance is very frantic know, with leaps, chanting, the feet start moving in motions not seen before. As one dancer tires out through exhaustion, falls to the ground, he is pulled out of the circle by his feet or arms and another enters the ring and this could last for hours.
The musicians would play for hours, changing rhythms during their span of playing. As time goes on, even the spectators would get caught up in the dance. It has been written (The Century Magazine, a popular quarterly vol. 31, issue 4, Feb. 1886) that the dance was eventually stopped by the police in Congo Square and only the music survived. It has been reported that the dance still survives in the Virgin Islands and the music is danced to during Mardi Gras in New Orleans by the "Bamboula Queens."
Other Bamboula Notes: A island town named Bamboula flourished during the Bronze Age (between 13th - 11th century BC) located on the outskirts of the modern village of Episkopi, along the southwestern coast of Cyprus and near the modern harbor town of Limassol. Also there is a cooked Beef recipe called Bamboula.
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