Uruguay, with a population of about 3.2 million, is a small country located in S. America, bordered by its two massive neighbors, Brazil (162 million) to the East, and Argentina (34 million) to the West. Candombe is a way of life down there. the kids even play Candombe in the streets.

Listen to Street Candombe

Check out this great NEW Candombe page:
El Toque de Candombe

Kirt Rasmussen Candombe Lesson




painting by P. Figari (1861-1938)

Candombe (can-dome-bey) is an African derived rhythm that has been an important part of Uruguayan culture for over two hundred years. This rhythm traveled to Uruguay from Africa with black slaves, and is still going strong in the streets, halls and carnivals of the country.

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There's a great deal more at the Candombe.com website, including more sounds, photos and paintings of Candombe culture by top Uruguayan artists.

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A good Candombe CD is Candombe, by Grupo del Cuareim


Lonjas de Cuareim

Candombe Para Figari

Viva Candombe!



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