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Making Caribbean DanceContinuity and Creativity in Island Cultures$
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Susanna Sloat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034676

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034676.001.0001

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Rigidigidim De Bamba De

Rigidigidim De Bamba De

A Calypso Journey from Start to …

(p.3) 1 Rigidigidim De Bamba De
Making Caribbean Dance
Cynthia Oliver
University Press of Florida

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

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