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Djamboola is a trademarked exercise system involving dance and aerobic movements performed to fast-paced African music. Djamboola prominently features tam-tam, Afro-beat dance patterns as well as dance rhythms from other countries, such as dancehall and kizomba. The classes are high energy and have a “party like" atmosphere. Instructors often incorporate squats and lunges to the routine for added intensity. The Djamboola instructor is usually standing at the front of the class, and attempts to maintain a high-energy class through verbal communication and whistle blowing.

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Djamboola originated in Montreal in 2011 and it has since spread to other French-speaking countries such as France, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Madagascar, and Senegal.

Who takes part?

Traditionally, many participants of Djamboola are young to middle-aged Francophone females. In Toronto, however, participants of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds participate.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Djamboola occurs mainly at African cultural festivals, such as Carassauga.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

With the exception of occasional workshops and perforamces, there are no regularly scheduled Djamboola classes in the Greater Toronto Area.

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