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Harlem Shake is Based on the Ethiopian Dance "Eskista"

 
Haile Menelik
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Harlem Shake is Based on the Ethiopian Dance "Eskista"
"Gangnam Style" is officially (finally, mercifully) over. Which means we need a new dancing craze/meme to fill its place. With that, may we introduce you to: The Harlem Shake.
The premise is simple: The videos are about 30 seconds long and set to "Harlem Shake" by New York deejay Baauer. For the first 15 seconds, one person dances (or just humps the air) while everyone else in the room acts normal. Then, the beat drops and all hell breaks loose.

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Harlem shake
The Harlem shake, originally called the albee in Harlem, is a dance that started in 1981. The dance became mainstream in 2001 when G-Dep featured the Harlem shake in his music video Let's Get It. It has its history from an North-East African or Ethiopian (Abyssinian) dance called "Eskista" and was allegedly started in Harlem by a man named Al B. Its ancient form "Eskista" is still used in Ethiopia today


Source: [link to sodere.com]

[link to abcnews.go.com]

Video indigenous african tribe dancing on the Harlem Shake


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02/25/2013 03:37 AM
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02/25/2013 04:42 AM
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Re: Harlem Shake is Based on the Ethiopian Dance "Eskista"
No you fuckers, its about Dave Chappelles character "Tyrone Biggums" doin a crack dance while high on redballs. And yes, thats Redballs, its crack in a can foo's.

Shiiiiiiiiet.
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02/25/2013 05:29 AM
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Re: Harlem Shake is Based on the Ethiopian Dance "Eskista"
whatever - it is all bullshit distraction.

waste of my time
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02/25/2013 05:48 AM
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Re: Harlem Shake is Based on the Ethiopian Dance "Eskista"
it didn't waste my time - especially the first video.
dance is art. get it. ethiopia is great. thanks.
Haile Menelik (OP)
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02/25/2013 07:25 AM
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Re: Harlem Shake is Based on the Ethiopian Dance "Eskista"
it didn't waste my time - especially the first video.
dance is art. get it. ethiopia is great. thanks.
 Quoting: octobersolstice


Thank you very much.:) This dance is very old and populair in Ethiopia. Young and old do this dance. I always loved this dance and suddenly it became an internet hit.Never knew that would happen, but recently I imagined that this dance would be famous one day and it would compete with famous Gangstam Style dance Asia.

Now the world has a new universal dance.

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smile. you know, dance is a universal language! and if not the whole universe, at least the whole world, does need to know ethiopia. ethiopia calling. i hear her calling. see.
your dreams could indeed be so real. it's the absolute heartbeat of us all and anyway, how happy it must feel to dance this dance with other dancing dancers! love to you and the "eskista".
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02/25/2013 09:55 AM
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Hey look. Something else invented by africans.

I'll file this next to the pyramids, fire, and everything else useful.

Jamie Foxx was right.
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02/25/2013 09:56 AM
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also, your avatar name, Haile Menelik. smile.
JAH Ras Tafari.
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02/25/2013 09:58 AM
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Re: Harlem Shake is Based on the Ethiopian Dance "Eskista"
Wether or not I like it (eh gangham style) dance and music are to be respected. Just as other types of cultural expression should be as well. This dance is so fun! And to learn about the background was awesome. Thanks for posting!
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The best one out there
CleverMoniker
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02/25/2013 10:25 AM
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Re: Harlem Shake is Based on the Ethiopian Dance "Eskista"
Hmmm...so even ancient Ethiopia had douchebags...

(scratches chin inquisitively)
Haile Menelik
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Re: Harlem Shake is Based on the Ethiopian Dance "Eskista"
Wether or not I like it (eh gangham style) dance and music are to be respected. Just as other types of cultural expression should be as well. This dance is so fun! And to learn about the background was awesome. Thanks for posting!
 Quoting: Art is Art 19776090


True. The last time i danced on Eskista was last year with familY and Friends. I Saw white people dancing on Eskita and it was fun. It was an Ethiopian celebration party and Ethiopian music was playd so I had to do Ethipian dance. Harlem shake was not a hit big then but Gangham Style was. Suddenly I had a wild imagination That one day the whole World will do this dance!! And this day Would come sooner then I think!! hf