A South African Zulu dance where they wear WELLINGTONS!
John Lennon began his career in a “skiffle”group. Skiffle is believed to have it’s roots in Africa, then, incorporated into different folk music forms.
The “Gumboot” reference supports the foundation of John’s musical genius, as a fusion, which he recognizes as credited to Africans.
It has some real similarities to skiffle, where they often used non-musical utilitarian items to create a musical experience. Think of a hillbilly band with washboards, and wash-basin bass guitars.
It became a sensation in Britain in the 50s. Even the legendary Jimmy Page started out playing skiffle!
The “gumboot” dance is a kind of rhythmic variation of tap, where the aesthetic appearance is secondary to the musicality. The entire body becomes a musical instrument.
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