Exploring the Avant-Folk Scene in Uruguay

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The Río de la Plata, an estuary on the east coast of South America between Uruguay and Argentina, is a melting pot of cultural influences. A hundred and fifty years ago, as people from different backgrounds and traditions created the music we now know as tango, another—and far less well-known—genre began surfacing in the coastal outposts of Uruguay, east of the river’s shores. If tango combined melody and melancholy to tell stories of gangsters and other colorful characters, this new sound was upbeat and exuberant. Developed by Black Uruguayans, the music became known as candombe, an Uruguayan phenomenon and a national genre that is still performed by groups of drummers every year at carnival.