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The Lebanese Dance of Dabke

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Yash Bhutwala

on 6 November 2014

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Transcript of The Lebanese Dance of Dabke

Dabke is also Music
Dabke is also a kind of lively music that accompanies the Dabke dance. Often a dancer with a "derbakke", or a "tableh" accompanies the dancers. Sometimes the music is played on a clarinet-like instument called "Mijwiz".
What is Dabke?
Dabke, which means "stomping dance" is a traditional line-dance performed in gatherings in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East: reunions, weddings, school events, and recently in flash mobs.
Dabke
A Lebanese Folk Dance and Folk Music
How do you dance the dabke?
In the old days, the dabke was danced mainly by men. The leader twirls a handkerchief, a rifle, or a string of worry beads. He dances by himself in the middle or on the side and improvises. The other dancers keep the rhythm. Watch these youngsters as they learn the basic dabke steps.
Mijwiz
Origins
In the Middle East, most houses used to be made of stone with dirt roofs made of wood and covered with mud.
In winter, the mud cracked and started to leak
.The neighbors gathered on the roof and
stomped the dirt to compact it evenly
. This event developed into the song
A la Dalouna
"Let's go and help". The derbake and mijwiz kept the r
h
ythm and kept the men going in the cold and gave them more energy as they stomped.
References
“Dabke: The Dance of the Lebanese Village”, Sourat, Sourat Parish. n.d. Web. 2013-03-10
http://www.sourat.com/dabke.htm

Jackson, Tom. “Lebanon”. Nat Geo Music. National Geographic. n.d. Web. 2013-03-10
http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/view/page.basic/country/content.country/lebanon_26/en_US
Derbakke
And now let's listen to "Ala dalouna" as we watch a modern version performed in Boston by the Mirza Danse Ensemble.
By Yash Bhutwala
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