from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small drum consisting of a section of bamboo covered at one end with sheepskin, formerly in use among slaves in Louisiana.
- n. A dance performed to the accompaniment of such a drum.
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Square -- now Beauregard Square -- and here, on Sunday nights, wild dances used to occur -- the "bamboula" and "calinda" -- and sinister spells were cast.
Just inside, Congo Square -- where two centuries ago enslaved Africans and free people of color spent Sundays dancing and drumming to the bamboula rhythm, seeding the pulse of New Orleans jazz -- had been effectively off limits.
It was then they danced the bamboula, incessantly.
When the goombay -- a flour-barrel drum -- sounded, the town knew the bamboula had begun.
It was the eastern bamboula of the Harems, to which was added all the elastic joyance, all the gay brilliancy of the blood of France.
"I prefer a bamboula whose music is the cannon, bon pere."
She thought of herself as she had danced that mad bacchic bamboula amid the crowd of shouting, stamping, drunken, half-infuriated soldiery; and for the moment she hated herself more even than she hated that patrician yonder.
"Parbleu!" swore the vivandiere in her wrath, "you look on at a bamboula as if it were only a bear-cub dancing, and can only give one 'yes' and 'no,' as if one were a drummer-boy.
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