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Juba Dis and Juba Dat
Juba Dis an' Juba Dat
Juba is a sort of "dance" described as a "thigh slapping art form". It came from West Africa and was performed by African American slaves. It involves slapping various parts of the body - especially the hips, thighs, chest and arms - and also stomping. The noise of the slapping and stomping plays the role of percussion in the song, keeping the beat. We grow de corn Dey give us de husk. We bake de bread Dey gib us de cruss. We raise de meat Dey give us de skin.
Juba is a sort of "dance" described as a "thigh slapping art form". It came from West Africa and was performed by African American slaves. It involves slapping various parts of the body - especially the hips, thighs, chest and arms - and also stomping. The noise of the slapping and stomping plays the role of percussion in the song, keeping the beat. This is chanted as a call-and-response song.
Download PDF. Patting or clapping juba was described as percussive sounds made on the body, usually with hands, thighs, and feet. The music was performed in a circular formation customarily with variations on the basic rhythm, in the form of syncopation and shifting accented notes. Patting juba was not linked exclusively to the song Juba, but these dance movements were used to a variety of songs. It is also the name of a city in Sudan. Haitians have called this dance the djouba. Others posit the word is derived from Jubal, the inventor of musical instruments described in the Old Testament.
Juba came from dances in Africa where it was called Giouba and Haiti known as Djouba. Another name for the dance is Hambone. There are numerous variations to the lyrics, but the first two lines nearly always remain the same. He begins talking about the song at , continuing on to describe its history. Scholar Andrew Womack notes that minstrel shows hugely influenced American culture, and that the characters presented were dimensional, albeit offensive and highly stereotyped.