A Rhymed Chant & Rhythmic Dance

Hambone is a sort of "dance" described as a "thigh slapping art form". It came from Africa and was performed by 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.


Hambone is also called pattin' juba. A juba was originally a circle of men going counter-clockwise around two men in the center who performed different steps. The guys in the circle would do the hambone, slapping various body parts to make a rhythm.

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