Now, the most popular aspect of the trend; the sudden change in camera shot when the bass drops, was introduced in the TheSunnyCoastSkate’s video posted on February 2nd, which then became the basic prototype on how to do the “Harlem Shake”. However this is not the first time the Harlem Shake has been done.
Harlem shake, or “albee”, is a dance that started in Harlem in 1981. It became popular in 2001, after G. Dep featured the dance in his music video “Let’s Get It”.
Although the now modern version does emulate in some way the essence of what Harlem Shake is about, it does so in a very simplistic way. Let me explain. The dance was introduced by a man called “Al B” (hence the name “albee”). Old “Al B” was an alcoholic, so his dancing was nothing more but a drunken shake anyway. He said it came from Ancient Egypt, emulating mummies. Since they were wrapped, shaking is all they could do. However, since then, Harlem Shake evolved. It began emulating an old Ethiopian dance called the Eskista."
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