Videos: Gombeys Help Celebrate The New Year

January 1, 2015

[Updated] New Year’s Day in Bermuda is never complete without the sounds of the Gombeys, and various troupes have started making their way around the island late this morning [Jan 1] to help celebrate the beginning of a new year.


The island’s preeminent folk art, Gombeys traditionally span the island on New Year’s Day with the groups growing larger through the day as Bermudians start following along and dancing to the rhythmic beat of the drums.

Update 4.56pm: We caught up with the Gombeys again in the Glebe Road area

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  1. somuchless says:

    Bermp Bermp

  2. X man says:

    The Gombeys is one of the things that makes Bermuda unique although there are those of the higher conservative echelon
    who tried to have them removed back in the 1960′s and 70′s.- I hear there going to make another attempt.
    I have several Friends from the US that come here for Christmas and find them fascinating so I have the task every
    year of finding them.- it would be a good thing if they had and organised event for them on Boxing Day at the St.Georges Town
    Square or Dock Yard.

  3. Onion Seed says:

    Does anyone remember the beautiful jewel coloured silks and velvets worn by the Gombeys in the 50′s and 60′s before synthetic dayglo yarn became the norm?