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Rigidigidim De Bamba De

Edited by Cynthia Oliver

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034676.003.0001
Rigidigidim De Bamba De

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Cynthia Oliver connects the Anglophone islands of the West Indies by calypso and its offshoot soca and the dancing done to this infectious music. She celebrates its early dispersion by radio, her relatives on St. Croix in the Virgin Islands diverse ways of dancing to calypso, the sexy carnival boat rides of St. Thomas, and the hip circling wining that prevails today all over the Caribbean and the diaspora. This leads her to begin a tangy pan-Caribbean dance performance piece, “Rigidigidim De Bamba De,” by diaspora-diverse women who delve into their island memories, conflicted and joyful, while playfully wining.

Keywords: Cynthia Oliver; calypso; soca; West Indies wining; Caribbean wining; St. Croix; St. Thomas carnival; Virgin Islands dancing; Rigidigidim De Bamba De; Caribbean diaspora

Chapter.  2743 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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