Montrealers shovel to the beat of African drums

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3 men show off their dance moves while shovelling snow in Montreal, get global attention


“Ask three Africans living in Canada to shovel and this is what you get.”

That was the caption that accompanied Richard Laubonet’s video he posted last weekend onto his Facebook page.

‘Everyone hates shovelling, and I think the fact of seeing people doing it while dancing and having fun resonated with people.’
– Richard Laubonet

But what he got was almost 230,000 views in fewer than 48 hours.

“I was surprised at how quickly it spread,” said Laubonet, 38.

“People sent me private messages, thanking me because it brought smiles to their faces… People wrote to me from everywhere — Australia, the United States, Israel. I can’t believe it!”

The video shows Laubonet and two others showing off their African dance moves while shovelling snow to the beat of African drums.

“Everyone hates shovelling, and I think the fact of seeing people doing it while dancing and having fun resonated with people. Also, the biggest contrast is that we’re African. We come from countries that have no snow, so it’s unusual.”

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