Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bermuda Gombey Dance & Music

Every island offers authentic cultural experiences
and Bermuda is no exception . . . 

A musical style that is uniquely Bermudian

The Gombey dance and music is of African origin, and very similar to the Goombay of the Bahamas, along with other Afro-Caribbean, Native American, and British cultures. 

This year Gombey Dance performances will take place on every Saturday at the Queen Elizabeth Park in Hamilton City until October 31, 2015. Be there at noon, and admission is free for all. 

The Bermuda Gombey Festival is held annually in the month of September, and all the Gombey troops on the island perform. Visitors also get an opportunity to view the dancers during the Christmas season, and events like the Bermuda Day Parade, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and also during soccer and cricket matches. 

The bass drums produces a thunderous sound, and they are made out of potato barrel and goatskin. The dancers respond and dance faster depending on the enthusiasm of the crowd, and it is a tradition to toss coins along with cash at the feet of the performers. 

If you have not experienced Bermuda Gombey Dance & Music, check out the video below

GOMBEYS: Behind the Mask from Bob Krist on Vimeo.

Happy Travels, 

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