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Bellaby

/bélabi/ [cf. 1811 DVT Barnaby an old dance to a quick movement, possibly converging with African words, e.g. Kongo (e)bwela type of dance, mbele a game (H. Carter p.c.)] n. a children's dance game, sung to the tune of "Shortnin' Bread": 1978 (Bethel 162). (Exuma, San Sal.

Tags: dance, game, music, noun

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Last update: 2010-09-10 00:46
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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Comment of Raquel Penn:
The respondent is 49 years old and is from Nassau. She is familiar with the game because she use to play when she was in primary school. She said that bellaby was a ring-play game typically played boy little girls. There was commandments in the song that had to be followed such as step back sassy, walk into the alley and to the front to back to the side side side just to name a few.
Added at: 2013-09-14 17:04