:: Title :: Buzzard Lope
:: Genre :: animal imitation, slavery song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones 6/61
:: Date :: 6/26/1961
:: Reference Information :: T946.0, Track 2 (00:00:51)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The first of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - From "Step It Down": The Buzzard Lope originated during slavery, possibly as an adaptation of a similar dance from West Africa. It was first noted in Georgia in the 1880s, and became widely popular. Dancers stretch out their arms like birds of prey and do a shuffle step and a little hop around a piece of cloth on the ground, which represents the carrion. People on the sidelines clap and pat their thighs. [Source: Step It Down book]
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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