Candombe in the streets of Buenos Aires: Llamada de Candombe de San Telmo 2011

11:35 AM Sandra Gutrejde 0 Comments

On Saturday, December 17th, 2011, in the streets of San Telmo, between 3 PM and 10 PM, 20 carnival groups ("comparsas") with over 1,600 Argentinian and Uruguayan artists in their colorful costumes,  will present the "Llamada de Candombe de San Telmo", a parade of drums, music and dance. 
The "llamada" is traditional Uruguayan event in which the "comparsas" are called in to play the "candombe", a musical genre originated in Africa and brought to South American in the XVII and XVIII centuries by the African slaves.
At Pasaje San Lorenzo there will be 4 bonfires for the tuning of the drums, that will start at 3 PM.
The parade starts at Defensa & av. Independencia, and each of the 20 "comparsas" will take 1 hour to cover the 8 blocks until Defensa & Caseros, at the Amphitheater of Paque Lezama.
This event is totally free of charge.
In case of rain it will be postponed to Sunday 18th, on Bolivar Street.

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