There are just a few reasons for music, all of which enhance us in some way: mental (storytelling), spiritual enhancement (hymns and chants), and physical (dancing).
And it is dancing, the movement of feet in tune and time with rhythms that this compilation is all about.
I’ve already brought you some tap dancing which involves making rhythms with the toes and heels of shoes, often especially made for the purpose. Stomping is different, done with the whole shoe or, as in this case, Wellington boots.
Gumboot dancing was originated by miners in South Africa. Facing oppression and hardship at the mines, including punishment if they talked to each other while working, they were forced to adapt and create new forms of communication and entertainment. The fact that many ethnic groups and languages existed side by side also contributed to developing their associations through the shared language of rhythm and music.
The boots were provided by mine owners because they were cheaper than draining the mines.
And gumboot dancers stomp: v.tr. to bring the foot down forcibly onto a surface.
The word has also come to mean (a) the dance involving a rhythmical, heavy step, and (b) the jazz music for this dance.
To which we can add the blues, rock’n’roll, and other forms of music that get you on your feet stomping around the floor. This is largely demonstrated chronologically in my selection. If you pay close attention, several tracks feature feet. Please add your own.
01. Original Memphis Five – Indiana Stomp (1925)
02. Jelly Roll Morton – Black Bottom Stomp (1925)
03. Blind Willie McTell – Stomp Down Rider (1931)
04. Willie Dixon – Big 3 Stomp (1947)
05. Clifton Chenier – Zodico Stomp (1955)
06. John Lee Hooker – Walkin’ The Boogie (1960)
07. Ten Years After – The Stomp (1969)
08. James Burton – Suzie Q Stomp (1971)
09. John Kongos – He’s Gonna Step On You Again (1971)
10. Pan-Ra – Rattenfanger (1978)
11. Marbin – Bar Stomp (2011)
12. Quincy Jones – Stomp (1995)