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.

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  • 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.

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  • It was then they danced the bamboula, incessantly.

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  • When the goombay -- a flour-barrel drum -- sounded, the town knew the bamboula had begun.

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  • 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.

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  • "I prefer a bamboula whose music is the cannon, bon pere."

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  • 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.

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  • "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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