Travels without Charlize: Montevideo, continued

Another photo of the band and dancers we saw on our visit to the Mercado del Puento described in my last post.

The music and dancing is called Candombe. Originating with African slaves, it has become part of the culture and heritage of Uruguay. The style of music features three different drums: chico, repique and piano.

Candombe refers to dancing societies founded by persons of African descent in the third decade of the 19th century. The term is from the Kikongo language and means “pertaining to blacks”. The dance originated as a local Montevidean fusion of various African traditions. It features complicated choreography including sections with wild rhythms, a plethora of improvised and intricate steps combined with energetic body movement.

Each year there is a special parade in Montevideo called “Desfile de Llamadas”, that winds through the Sur and Palermo neighborhoods with prizes awarded for the best new song (music), dancers, costumes, etc., etc. We are told it is very competitive with many different categories so there are lots of winners and lots of entries. Got to get back here to see it!

This is one of many Sycamore-lined street we’ve walked down, …some up. We were told there are well over 400,000 trees in Montevideo, one for every three inhabitants.
Here’s a friend we made — a weird mix of a short-hair and long-hair — while walking through the all-but-overwhelming granite and marble monuments of the Buceo Cemetery.
Here is a worker power-washing the side of a skyscraper a couple of blocks from our hotel.


Dr. David Gross
Dr. David Gross

– By Dr. David Gross

Retired veterinarian Dr. David Gross writes about his adventures on the road — this time without his dog Charlize.

  1. David,
    “Oblivion” by Paul Lewis — about an American doctor who returns to Montevideo, Uruguay after many years — is playing at The Driftwood Theatre, this weekend only.

    It’s such an amazing coincidence. I had never heard of Montevideo before You and Alexis decided that was your travel destination.

    To see, in pictures, where Lewis’ play takes place is fascinating. ~*~ Thank you!

    1. I read your piece about Paul Lewis and “Oblivion”, very sorry to miss it but to miss it by being in Uruguay, what can I say? More columns are on the way soon.

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