Tomorrow (Sunday) at the @queensmuseum, 3pm! Las Llamadas with Favela Candombe Ensemble.
Las Llamadas literally “the calls” in Spanish, signifies the African tradition of Uruguay, when slaves used candombe drums to call one another. Today, Las Llamadas signify the largest Carnival celebrations in Uruguay, when groups of musicians parade through the streets of the once-African neighborhoods of Barrio Sur and Palermo, using the drums to call one another out of their homes and parade through the capital, Montevideo. During this time, there are between 80-90 comparsas (music groups from each neighborhood) who wear costumes that reflect (and mock) the music’s historical roots in the slave trade. Recognized by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Candombe, the music form played during Las Llamadas, means “pertaining to blacks” in Kikongo and originally referred to self-help dancing societies founded by persons of African descent. Today, Candombe is a source of pride and a symbol of the identity of communities of African descent in Montevideo, expressing the communities’ needs and feelings with regard to their ancestors. During Las Llamadas, the music of candombe is performed on three types of barriles (drums), made of wood and animal skins. The collective process of fire-tuning takes place before playing, when musicians comes together around fire to warm the skins of the drums. This group, created for this performance and led by Juan Chiavassa, shares the rhythmic traditions of Uruguay and Las Llamadas with his group, along with a desfile (parade).
Vocals: Virginia García Alves
Winds: Anggie Obin, Mariano Gil
Candombe Drums: Arturo Prendez, Juan Ca, Sergio Camaran, Claudio Altesor, Juan Chiavassa, Fabri, El Chino
See you there!