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famo, noun

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Origin:
Southern SothoShow more Southern Sotho term for an indecent dance, from famola to dilate the nostrils, or (secondarily), to expose the (female) genitalia.
Among Sothos (especially mine-workers) in townships on the Reef:
1. An erotic dance in which the body is exposed. Also attributive.
Note:
At first associated with the Russian gang, see Russian sense 1.
1952 Drum May 37A type of dance called ‘Famo,’ in which the women dance gracefully, showing parts of their body.
[1991 E. Lesoro Informant, GrahamstownFamo is an indecent game played very seriously by miners and their women...The men and women line up, naked, and admire each other’s private parts.]
2. A wild drinking- and dancing-party culminating in a sexual orgy. Also attributive.
1977 P.C. Venter Soweto 94A Famo usually ends in a chaos of coupling, with bodies making love everywhere; it is probably the most sensual and abandoned of all Soweto parties.
1987 M. Melamu Children of Twilight 280On Friday evening, while some of the men were busy putting the final touches to the ‘famo’ tent, Hlalele and a group of other ‘Russians’..made their way..across the railway line to Randfontein.
3. See quotations.
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 215Apart from the dance, the term famo refers to a category of lengthy recitative songs performed by the women...The women often addressed their famo songs to the men.
1980 D.B. Coplan Urbanization of African Performing Arts. 432Famo,..A form of Basotho proletarian women’s song performed at famo dances and recounting the singer’s life experience.
An erotic dance in which the body is exposed. Also attributive.
A wild drinking- and dancing-party culminating in a sexual orgy. Also attributive.
See quotations.

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