The leaders of each Bermuda Gombey troupe met collectively as the Bermuda Gombey Council (Gombey Evolution Troupe, Gombey Warriors, HnH Gombeys, Place’s New Generation Gombeys, Warwick Gombeys, and SMS Village Gombeys) on Wednesday for a discussion about the Gombey culture.
Collectively, they wish to apologize to the community for the way that Monday night ended, particularly after such a positive day of family and community Gombey support.
Much work has been done over the past few years to strengthen the ties between each Gombey troupe, and as role-models in the community, the Bermuda Gombey leaders are committed to retaining these connections and working together to preserve the culture they all love.
The impacted troupes have internally dealt with those that escalated tensions and all troupes have created policies to deter anti-social behavior and promote unity within the culture. They ask that their friends, followers, fans and MEDIA do not share social media content of anti-social behaviour, but instead celebrate the good parts of the holiday.
- They ask that everyone support their favorite group without negative banter against other groups. Clashes are a part of the Gombey tradition to showcase the unique artistry of each troupe and to celebrate that all of us are continuing the Bermuda Gombey culture.
January is traditionally Gombey month, with Gombeys dancing and drumming every Saturday (weather-dependent). For each group’s schedule, please refer to the Bermuda GombeyTrackers Facebook group. Thank you to the Gombey community for your ongoing support.
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