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