& La Musica
carnivals with dazzling costumes, elaborate parade floats
and endless samba are Brazil’s trademark. In neighbouring
Uruguay, late-summer festivals evoke similar mass appeal
but with a very distinct style. While more commonly characterized
by the tangos of Carlos Gardel or the profound lyrical folk
music of Argentine Mercedes Sosa, center stage on the streets
of Montevideo during carnival time belongs to the rhythmic
drumming of "La Murga" or "El Candombe."
heating, stretching and cooling leather coverings over carved
wooden drum shells or "tambores," small bands of "Murgistas"
take to the streets in the early hours for the traditional
call to the carnival. Rich, melodic beating continues for
hours as they walk slowly from street to street, gathering
adults and children along their journey to one of hundreds
of local meeting grounds where great music & entertainment,
outstanding food and the spirit of communal brotherhood
are celebrated round-the-clock.
Pérez-Franco has captured the flavor and essence of this
important local tradition as well as the political and social
impact in three series, "El Candombe y Las Tamborileras,"
"Carnaval Uruguayo" and "La Musica."