The first time I tasted dizi (abgoosht) was during a hasty stopover on a hot and clammy day in Kermanshah in the Kurdistan Province of Iran after driving up from Paveh that morning. Following the advice of a local we walked up an alley off the main road, known locally as dizi alley, and entered the little restaurant where it seems men were the only patrons. The specialty here was dizi or abgoosht, a stew of lamb with chickpeas, other beans, dried lime and spices served with bread. The dish is named dizi after the earthenware pot it’s served in. The heat from the oven and the sweet spices and condiments tantalized us as soon as we crossed the threshold…
A friend who traveled with us reminded me of that meal recently and it roused my appetite
What is the point of this trivial performance?
In fact, what is it?
Originally called the ‘albee’, it’s a dance introduced in 1981 by a Harlem resident named “AI B”. The dance was initially referred to as ‘albee’ after his name, but later became known as the Harlem Shake as its prominence grew beyond the neighborhood (Wikipedia).
The dance itself is defined by Urban Dictionary as ‘as eccentric upper body dance that involves the shaking of the upper torso and shoulders’. Aha..that explains it
The recent craze itself started in Queensland apparently when a couple of banana benders uploaded the first video of its kind…? (http://musicfeeds.com.au/news/harlem-shake-mastermind-baauer-announces-australian-tour-dates/)
Fast forward a few weeks and you will find umpteen thousands of memes on Youtube where it has gone viral with people donned in bizarre costumes and masks getting in on the act.
Coming back to my original question, well, just a bit of harmless fun I guess..
Actually, after watching a documentary last night on Planete about the Up with People charity, truth be told I felt I could go out and do my own Harlem Shake.
One last admission, the Buckingham Palace Harlem Shake (strange how diametrically opposed those two place names look next to each other) was orchestrated and filmed by my son, hence the interest… (no, he is not the guy in the trunks! But that guy was recruited 24 hours beforehand thanks to couchsurfing.org)
A work in progress