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BOBARABA- IVORY COAST

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Literally (when translated) meaning “big bottoms” is an African dance style known as Bobaraba. This “big bottom” dance has originated from Ivory Coast, and has become extremely popular in other African countries such as Mali and South Africa. Apparently, one of the creators (the other being DJ Eloh) of this unique dance style DJ Mix with regards to its creation has officially stated that “We made it as a tribute to women, because African women are defined by the shape of their bottoms”. Furthermore, such has been the popularity of this dance style that many popular African footballers have performed this dance as a form of goal celebration.

a. History/origin of the Bobaraba:

It was around the year 2008 that this unique dance was first created in Ivory Coast by a DJ (disc jockey) Mix and DJ Eloh. According to DJ Mix, it was created to pay tribute to African women who are renowned for possessing large bottoms.

b. Costumes used in the Bobaraba:

Since this dance essentially has been created for “partying” there is no specific costume that needs to be worn. So basically casual clothing is what is mainly worn while performing this unique dance style.

c. Music involved in the Bobarba:

The music used in this dance style is typically African in rhythm, and involves mainly the use of percussion instruments like the drums accompanied by vocals.

d. Training availability and the technique involved in Bobarba:

In terms of technique, this dance involves the pronounced use of the rhythmic shaking of the hips like many African dances. In addition, the performers also clap their hands while dancing to the rhythm of the accompanying song and music. As for training centres/schools, there are none available since this rare “big bottom” dance has yet not become popular the world over.