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Egyptian Mummies: The genesis of Harlem Shake

  • Dailybhaskar.com
  • Feb 18, 2013, 22:25 PM IST

New Delhi:The present rage about Harlem Shake videos can be traced back to the time of Egyptian Mummies. The immensely popular dance move has been through the tests of time and is now challenging every established record on internet.

It started as a popular dance move in Harlem, New York, in 1981, and according to present trends, it promises to shatter all internet records in coming weeks.

YouTube is overflowing with 30-second video clips of Harlem shake dance moves. At more than 50,000 videos and 200 million page views, in the past 16 days, it has challenged the supremacy of every existing record created on internet so far.

So how it all started?

The genesis of the latest trend can be traced back to the 1981 dance style started by 'Al B', a residence of Harlem, New York.

The Al B dance moves were inspired from an Ethiopian dance- "Estista".

The dance caught the fancy of Al B and it soon became a rage on the streets of New York and came to be known as 'the Harlem Shake'.

The Estista dance moves were inspired by ancient Egyptians. It was a dance move performed by the Egyptian mummies.

Because they were all wrapped up they could not really move all they could do was shake.

For about two decades, Harlem Shake dance remained restricted to the back lanes, until 2001, when G. Dep featured it in his music video- “Let’s get it".

A decade later, in 2012, Bauuer an American producer from Brooklyn New York made a song by the name of Harlem Shake and uploaded it on YouTube.

To listen song click here. 

Then came Harlem Shake- the trend. Five bored teenagers from the Sunshine Coast have sparked a viral dance craze that has collectively generated about 20 million hits on YouTube worldwide.

It's called the Harlem Shake and everyone from the US and Norwegian armies to Lego toys and the Jimmy Fallon Show are doing it.

Teenagers Corey Walsh, Jimmy Dale, Matt Stanyon, George Warrener and Oscar Mitchell  - aka SunnyCoastSkate -  created the 31 second music clip when they were cooped up indoors during the recent stormy weather.

By Tuesday, their "The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original)'' meme had received more than 2.3 million hits, quoted Couriermail.

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