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Today, there are three sorts of tamboriles, which have different sizes, tunings and roles: Views Read Edit View history. The African poet Amos Totuola writes: This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat It is played on the side of the drum, a procedure known as ” hacer madera ” literally, “making wood”. In Uruguay, especially in the city of Montevideo, the contribution from the Africans of diverse ethnic and cultural groups — who were brought as slaves in colonial times — is a major element of the cultural identity.

These were pained souls, harboring an inconsolable nostalgia for their homeland. Llamada “Armando la Llamada” is the opening of the Llamadas de tamboriles. There are also many towns throughout the world where local tamborileros meet with Uruguayans around the candombe drum practice: Women have also started playing candombe drums and even directing cuerdas in San Jose and Canelones. An even larger drum, called bajo or bombo very large, very low timbre, accent on the fourth beatwas once common but is now declining in use.

A cuerda at a minimum needs three drummers, one on each part.

For example, Cuareim plays more softly and slowly than Ansina and Cordon, while these raise the tempo and dynamic more frequently. Every year, on January 6th, these African nations celebrated Dia de Reyes as a tribute to the black king of the three wise men who they supposed was Balthazar San Baltasar. In its common form, its meter corresponds to the 3: It also plays a recurrent rhythm — piano base — with variations — piano repicado.


It is believed that no less than ten million “ebony pieces” disembarked on the coasts of North and South America. They are single skin headed and there are three sizes: The barrel-shaped drums, or tamborileshave specific names according to their size and function: In the interior part of the country, the existence of llamadas de tambores and comparsas is a recent phenomenom.

The term is generic for all black dances: The chico, the repique and the piano form the fabric of complex rhythm, tone, melody and harmony which is known as “candombe rhythm”. The drums are made of wood and have a curved barrel shape with its base very narrow. As Lauro Ayestaran puts it, it is the Llamada’s rhythmic key.

When Mackandal, the rebel who urged Haitian slaves to rebellion, was burnt alive by the French, it was drums that told how he had escaped the flames by turning into a mosquitoe.

This rhythm traveled to Uruguay from Africa with black slaves, and is still going strong in the streets, halls and carnivals of this small enchanting country.

Afro-Uruguayans gathered in Naciones Africanas organised as European monarchies with kings, queens, princes, dukes etc.

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The number of participants varies ; there have been cuerdas comprising up to drums. The rhythm it plays serves as a reference. Today, the drum toques enjoy growing popularity in our city and our country, to the point that such upper and middle class districts as Pocitos or Malvin have their own cuerdas de tambores. The tambores de candombe or tamboriles are drums used in the playing of Candombe music of Uruguay. The roots of czndombe population were not homogeneous, but rather a multi-ethnic swath of Africa that was culturally quite varied.

Candombe drums

These bursts of thunder were the signal which edl the revolts. The drums talk, hold dialogues, call each other, in order to raise the tempo or intensity.

The three main styles of candombe drum music correspond to the districts of Montevideo which have a larger black population. In the seventies and eighties, the demolition of these centres of black people scattered them throughout other districts of the city, thus accelerating the process of integration of the candombe in other candombee. Specific phrases are used for the beginning el arranque and the end el tabores of the llamada.


In older days, the tamboriles were built with duelasthe wood slats used for the barrels of yerbamate a kind of herb tea. Retrieved from ” https: The repique is a medium-pitched drum playing a basic rhythm with continuous improvisation. It takes all its meaning and materializes in the sound exchange of the drums’ call and response. Ne-ia ne-ia cumaia-nagata Ne-ia ne-ia cumaia-nagata. In the English islands of the Carribbean, he who dared play the drum — the Devil’s instrument! Drums represent the Afro-Uruguayan cultural celebration par excellence.

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African slaves were first introduced to the city in Each comparsa has its own distinctive marks, in colour, dress domino, bombachi’n, sombreros There are also several families related to drum music and carnival comparsas which originated in these districtsamong them the Silva and Martirena families in the Sur district, the Oviedo and Gimenez families in Ansina and the Pintos family in Cordon.

Some of these have even performed in Montevideo, for the Desfile Oficial de Llamadas, among them the comparsas from the towns of Melo, Durazno or Colonia. Uruguay, with a population of approximately 3.

A key rhythmic figure in candombe is the clave in form. The Bantu area is an enormous cultural region of Africa with an extremely complex mosaic of ethnicities, consisting of over groups with a linguistic heritage that overwhelms man’s migratory limits: The music of these drums is fundamentally collective.

Biafra, you’re deserted and your drums are no longer around While they could, your people sang: Gustavo Goldman, Uruguayan musicologist.