I am the first Englishman to dance with Yemeni fishermen. Actually I think the accolade I was awarded by the coastguard who gave me this video clip was that I was the first foreigner to lead a troupe of Yemeni fishermen in dance. Ever.
Don’t worry I’m not being serious, even though the coast guard was. I was quite touched that one of the coastguard-policemen came looking for me to lead me up to Colonel Mohamed’s office to watch this clip. All ten policemen were huddled round a TV with a camera plugged in to it, watching me dance with the fishermen!
The actual event was a leaving ceremony put on by Colonel Mohamed for the Vasco Da Gama rally and the fishermen were breaking out some traditional dance routines to a live band. I have to say they were excellent and the music was pretty cool too. In the podcast called ‘Leaving Aden’, which we’ll publish later on in the year we interview a Yemeni woman who explains in detail what the dancing is about.
Check out the following clip…