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pata-pata, noun

Forms:
Also patha patha, phata-phata.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu phatha to touch, feel.
1. ‘Touch-touch’: A sexually suggestive dance-style in which pairs of dancers touch each other’s bodies with their hands. Also attributive. Cf. kwela sense 3.
1968 Drum Sept. 5She entertained audiences all over Europe with her exotic dancing. Here her excellent performances of pata pata, voodoo and the syncopated clock mambo attracted bold headlines.
1990 New African 11 June 13Popularised world-wide by the exiled song bird Miriam Makeba, patha-patha — an individualised, sexually suggestive form of jive dancing for boys and girls in which partners alternately touched each other all over the body with their hands in time with rhythm — was a direct result of the popular kwela music.
2. Music. A name given to kwela music (see kwela sense 1), particularly when it is intentionally arranged to suit the pata-pata dance style. Also attributive.
1969 Post 15 June‘Cats’ in Windhoek..are raving mad with mbaqanga, the Soweto originated song-dance mood which came soon after pathapatha (touch-touch) a dance tempo popularised by..Miriam Makeba.
1990 Learn & Teach No.7, 10In the 50s and 60s, Sparks and other musicians thrilled fans all over South Africa with their kwela and pata-pata records.
3. transferred sense. slang. Sexual intercourse. Also attributive.
1977 P.C. Venter Soweto 127A stranger to the tsotsi’s dangerous world could..save his throat if he has some knowledge of basic words and phrases...Phata-phata — sex.
1979 A.P. Brink Dry White Season 84‘Others looking for phata-phata’ — illustrated by pushing his thumb through two fingers in the immemorial sign.
A sexually suggestive dance-style in which pairs of dancers touch each other’s bodies with their hands. Also attributive. Cf. kwela3.
A name given to kwela music (see kwela1), particularly when it is intentionally arranged to suit the pata-pata dance style. Also attributive.
Sexual intercourse. Also attributive.

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