What does bumaye mean?

If you are wondering what “Bumaye” means, here's the definition from Urban Dictionary:

  • Litterally: "Kill Him" from Congolese 'Boma Ye' (boma = kill; ye= him)
  • Variations in spelling include: Bumae, Bumaye, or Bumaé.
  • Come to be used as a cheer or hurrah to express enthusiasm for something
  • Known for the 60,000 who chanted it as Muhammad Ali entered the ring during the Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman in 1974.

On October 30, 1974, 32-year-old Muhammad Ali becomes the heavyweight champion of the world for the second time when he knocks out 25-year-old champ George Foreman in the eighth round of the “Rumble in the Jungle,” a match in Kinshasa, Zaire.

At 4:30 a.m. on October 30, 60,000 spectators gathered in the moonlight (organizers had timed the fight to overlap with prime time in the U.S.) at the outdoor Stade du 20 Mai to watch the fight. They were chanting “Ali, bomaye” (“Ali, kill him”).

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