1976Sunday Times 4 Apr. (TV Times) 5London’s new disco craze, brought straight from South Africa, by the cast of the West End musical ‘Ipi Tombi’. They call it the phata phata, pronounced patter-patter.
1980E. PatelThey Came at Dawn 9Die is mos a party nie a shebeen ’n haanetjie wants to dance rock-’n-roll-pata-pata-take-five the music is kwaai.
1987G. Silber inStyle June 26The black movie sausage-machine annually churns out hundreds of skop, skiet, and phata-phata flicks.
1988B. O’Reilly inNew Nation 14 Jan. 9 (letter)The young mingled with the old doing the cassanova, pata-pata or even a bit of fly jazz.
1990New 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.
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