Diva house

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Diva house or handbag house is an anthemic sub-genre of house music that became most popular in gay clubs during the second half of the 1980s. It is known for booming unisex vocals, sometimes sampled from other recordings. Such samples come from 1970s soul, disco, gospel recordings and even show tunes sung by people including Bette Midler, Natasha Richardson, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, and other gay icons.

The name "handbag house" comes from the notion of a group of female club-goers dancing around a pile of their handbags.[1] With popularization of open gay culture in the early 1980s, "diva" was the word that bound house music to gay dance scene, which was previously only defined by some Italo disco compositions.

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  1. ^ "handbag house@Everything2.com". Everything2.com. 2001-12-14. Retrieved 2011-02-10.