Ten Videos From Past Gombey Performances

December 26, 2020

While nothing can compare to the real Gombeys and their rhythmic beats, the ten videos below show a look at various Gombey performances over the years, showcasing the island’s preeminent folk art and an iconic Bermudian tradition that spans back centuries.

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While Gombeys traditionally come out on Boxing Day to the delight of local residents who gather in crowds and follow the troupes throughout the day, this year may be a little different, as we are in the midst of a pandemic, not to mention the less than welcoming weather conditions the island is experiencing today.

In a statement released on Christmas Eve, the Government said, “It was agreed that traditional community street Gombey performances on Boxing Day are not safe this year, as Bermuda is still trying to contain the latest outbreak of Covid-19. Both the Bermuda Government and the Gombey Troupes agreed that situations that encourage crowds congregating must be avoided.

“However, the public may be able to hear the drums in the distance, as some Gombey Troupes may play in their private residences or at isolated places, which will allow the public to hear the rhythms and enjoy from afar.

“The public should listen from afar on their own properties, in their own homes, within their own neighbourhoods. The Government and the troupe leaders urge the community to please adhere to the public health guidelines and resist any activity that could create situations that could put us all at risk.”

You can view ten videos below and for more videos, photos and coverage, view Bernews Gombey section by clicking here.

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4-hour live replay of the 2019 Bermuda Gombey Festival in October

Gombeys In Hamilton Boat Parade, December 2018

Gombeys On Boxing Day, December 2016

Gombeys Celebrate Football Victory, March 2015

Gombeys Boxing Day, December 2014

Combined Gombeys In The Bermuda Day Parade, May 2014

Gombeys: Boxing Day In Bermuda, December 2013

Gombeys On New Years Day, January 2013

Gombeys On Boxing Day, December 2012

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