Debka (LKT)

This entry is part of the Lexicon of Klezmer Terminology (LKT). The LKT compiles a wide array of source materials that shed light on the historical and contemporary state of knowledge about klezmer music. Each entry includes a number of citations from primary and secondary sources that include or refer to the term in question. It also indicates whether musical notation or sound recordings are included in the source. To view the full reference, click on the bibliographic hyperlink at the end of each citation.


“There is practically speaking no Meron melody that accompanies a simple group circle dance. Only the debka... is danced by a group -- nevertheless this dance, by its tempo, its steps and its choreography -- is not related to the Hassidic circle dances... [it consists of a] traditional Druze dance of which the form and the steps (if not the music) entered the Israeli secular repertoire in the same way it entered the Hassidic repertoire.” [Lag B’Omer, Meron, Israel, 1960s-1970s]. Hadju 1971, p. 82

“Debka” [Israel, 1970s]. Mazor 1974, p. 180 ( # 36). (Musical notation and recording references included). 

See Tants-nign.