Video Set #1: Annual Gombey Festival

September 23, 2012 | 5 Comments

The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs hosted the annual Gombey Festival on on Saturday evening [Sept 22] at the Tennis Stadium, with the event designed to showcase one of the island’s most iconic traditions.

Local groups participating included the H & H Gombeys, Places New Generation Gombeys, Warner Gombeys, Warwick Gombeys, Roots Gombeys, Gombey Warriors; and there were also visiting stilt-walkers or “Mock-a-Jumbie” dancers from St. Kitts.

Bermuda’s Gombey tradition — marked by snare drum-driven rhythms, peacock-feathered headdresses and expressive dances — dates back to at least the mid-18th century. The island’s preeminent folk art, the word Gombey is thought to derive from the Bantu word for “rhythm” or an African type of drum.

Mock-a-Jumbie dancers from St. Kitts:

Places New Generation Gombeys:

Warwick Gombeys:

PHC Majorettes:

Drummers:

A second set of videos will be uploaded later on, and photos of the event are here.

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  1. Great says:

    Wonderful!

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  2. empora says:

    not much comments when its positive news..just saying.

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  3. keywest says:

    Patiently waiting to see gombey warriors performance

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  4. Disappointed says:

    I was so disappointed that only the few people that were able to get to the bleachers could see ANYTHING. This was a terrible venue for such a popular event. It was better at City Hall Car Park.

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  5. Tawana Fox says:

    Proud of my girls and boys! Well Done PHCMDC you did a great job for no real rehearsal. :-) Excellente`!

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