This is the result of what Senegalese people see in music videos from the West" says Abby a 27-year-old student in Paris.
But 23 year old Issa, an engineering graduate, begs to differ. The "Leumbeul" has become so popular in recent times that it is now being danced in nightclubs where contests are often held.
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But for many, it cannot be called a traditional dance anymore due to its recently perceived sexual nature. The abuse of this otherwise respectful traditional dance has attracted many sharp criticisms, especially among Senegalese in the Diaspora. Being of Senegalese descent, I was ashamed to see them.
When I was little, our mothers never danced like this!
Although the taped event dates as far back as 2004, the attention it has drawn in the past eight months cannot be underestimated.
The video shows a host of Sabar contests organized by communities of women who practice the more revealing type of the "Leumbeul" dance. Known to bring women together, to dance and play to the sound of drums, Sabar has been part of the Senegalese culture since time immemorial.
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Controversy has been raging on for several months in Senegal over the "Leumbeul" dance, especially after the release of sexually provocative videos on the Internet.