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Latin Roots #58 - Rachel Faro Takes Us To Uruguay For The African Influenced Style Candombe

Latin Roots –Rachael Faro on Uruguay’s Candombe

On Thursday's installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, music producer and singer-songwriter Rachel Faro discusses an Afro-Uruguayan style of Latin music called Candombe. Separated by a river from Argentina and nestled next to southern Brazil, Uruguay experienced the same influx of African slaves as Brazil, which resulted in a similar but often overlooked musical impact. Played on sets of three drums, Candombe is highly rhythmic; it's been an integral part of carnival celebrations for centuries. Faro plays an older version of the style by composer and musician Ruben Rada, then introduces listeners to a Candombe-influenced tune from the well-known percussionist Airto Moreira. Listen to Rachel Faro's essential Candombe playlist on Spotify.

Session Setlist
Ruben Rada - Tengo un Candombre para Gardel
Airto Moreira - Fingers (El Rada)
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    Latin Roots: Rachel Faro On Candombe Hear the record producer and artist discuss the Afro-Uruguayan style of Latin music. While the genre is popular in Uruguay, Candombe often goes overlooked outside of the country.
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