Ivory Coast Crazy for Big Butts

Dance trend sweeps nation, raising interest in illicit booty treatments

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 18, 2008 2:20 PM CST

(Newser) – Bobaraba! It means “big bottom,” and it's a hit song and butt-shaking dance phenom sweeping the Ivory Coast, the BBC reports. In fact, some women in the west African nation are so caught up in bobaraba-mania that a black market of “bottom enhancers” has emerged, targeting those who want more junk in the trunk.

The efficacy of the treatments, sold as injections or balms with no ingredients listed, is highly questionable, and some local medical officials are concerned about possible dangers. DJ Mix, who wrote "Bobaraba," says it was intended as a tribute to curvy women, who he says shouldn’t be ashamed of their bodies—not to encourage others to change theirs.

Shake those Big and Healthy Butts (Mashup)
Shake those Big and Healthy Butts (Mashup)   (Xamnl (YouTube))
The hit song Bobaraba, by DJ Mix and DJ Eloh, has inspired a dance craze that has some Ivory Coast women to seek out bigger bottoms.
The hit song "Bobaraba," by DJ Mix and DJ Eloh, has inspired a dance craze that has some Ivory Coast women to seek out bigger bottoms.   (Lakouak (YouTube))
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Rudy Rudiction - Wollosso   (rudy2cocody (YouTube))
Show here is DJ Eloh, one of the two artists who created the hit song 'Bobaraba'.  The popularity of this song has inspired some Ivory Coast women to seek out bigger bottoms.
Show here is DJ Eloh, one of the two artists who created the hit song 'Bobaraba'. The popularity of this song has inspired some Ivory Coast women to seek out bigger bottoms.   (youtube.com)
DJ Mix and DJ Eloh are featured here in this video for their hit 'Bobaraba'.  The popularity of this song has inspired some Ivory Coast women to seek out bigger bottoms.
DJ Mix and DJ Eloh are featured here in this video for their hit 'Bobaraba'. The popularity of this song has inspired some Ivory Coast women to seek out bigger bottoms.   (youtube.com)
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Bobaraba - Mix Eloh DJ Mix   (Moukila (YouTube))

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