Rhythmic Bodies: Amplification, Inflection and Transduction in the Dance Performance Techniques of the “Bashment Gal”

Henriques, Julian F.. 2014. Rhythmic Bodies: Amplification, Inflection and Transduction in the Dance Performance Techniques of the “Bashment Gal”. Body and Society, 20(3/4), pp. 79-112. ISSN 1357-034X [Article]

No full text available

Abstract or Description

This article explores the rhythmic body with the example of the embodiment of the ‘bashment gal’ and the role she plays in the dancehall sound system session. It considers rhythm as an energetic patterning process operating both within and between media. Rhythm provides a means of communication and making sense that does not rely on representation or code. There are three elements to performance techniques of the rhythmic body – amplification, inflection and transduction. Amplification for the bashment gal’s performance techniques involves increasing the size or effort of her dance movements, dancing in a chorus line accelerating her tempo. In what is considered as a hyper-sexualized arena of the dancehall session, it is argued that the bashment gal has to be understood in terms of African traditions where sexual pleasure and fertility are not separate. With rhythmic inflection the bashment gal gives distinctiveness to her performance, as is much prized in the style and fashion of the dancehall scene. The transduction of patterning from one medium to another, via tympanic surfaces, helps to forge the sound system session and the bashment gal as a rhythmic whole and fosters her sense of identity as a rhythmic body.

Item Type:


Identification Number (DOI):



affect, dancehall, embodiment, Jamaica, medium, reggae, sexuality, sonic dominance, sound.

Related URLs:

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Topology Research Unit


September 2014Published

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

13 Oct 2014 09:52

Last Modified:

21 Aug 2019 09:54

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.



Edit Record Edit Record (login required)