Hambone

Hambone

Definition

Hambone is an old African American folk art in which a performer slaps his hands and feet and body rhythmically while singing or chanting.

The old man was so talented at hamboning that he had the whole crowd clapping along.

The street performer was showing off her hambone skills.

Origin

The origin of the term ‘hambone’ is unclear but believed to come from the African word ‘hamba’, which means ‘to dance’.

Q1

What is the origin of the term ‘hambone’?

A1

The origin of the term ‘hambone’ is unclear but believed to come from the African word ‘hamba’, which means ‘to dance’.

Q2

What is hambone?

A2

Hambone is an old African American folk art in which a performer slaps his hands and feet and body rhythmically while singing or chanting.