Harlem Doesn’t Like Your Shake

jonathan February 20, 2013 0
Harlem Doesn’t Like Your Shake

First, we will hear from Harlem on what they think of the Harlem shake that has become a viral sensation:

“These videos are a mockery of what it originally was because the dance that we do in Harlem actually has a rhythm to it and is an artform to us. These new videos don’t give it the respect that it deserves.”

Next, you will learn how the original Harlem Shake (1981 and then in 2002) is done.

The Harlem shake, originally called the albee in Harlem, is a dance that started in 1981. The dance became mainstream in 2001 when G. Dep featured the Harlem shake in his music video “Let’s Get It”. It has its history from a type of dance exercised in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, called “Eskista” and was allegedly started in Harlem by a man named Al B.

And now… how did the new Harlem Shake Meme begin?
The Harlem Shake is an Internet meme that went viral on YouTube in February 2013. The meme is in the form of a video that began being replicated according to a similar concept by many people.

The art form of the meme was established in a video uploaded on February 2 by The Sunny Coast Skate,  five teenagers from Queensland, Australia. The teenagers’ video, in its turn, was a follow-up to a video by a YouTube comedy vlogger named Filthy Frank.featuring a part where several costumed persons danced to the song “Harlem Shake” by Baauer.

Finally, please enjoy some of my favorite Harlem Shake videos:

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