KiNg MoMoS Is CoMiNg!!!


KiNg MoMoS Is CoMiNg!!!

Among all the festivities we celebrate in Uruguay, Carnival is the one I enjoy the most. It is almost impossible to describe our Carnival but maybe you can get the picture by reading the following article.

To the beat of the drum and Momo Montevideo is a city with the heart of a neighbourhood and the spirit of the murguista.

By Juan Pablo de Dovitiis

With the heart of a neighbourhood rather than a large metropolis, Uruguay’s capital city reflects the feel of its people through the colourful faces of its murguistas, the paintings of Joaquin
Torres Garcia, its melancholy spirit, partly influenced by its tango traditions, and the sounds of its drums booming through the February heat.

In contrast to its larger Atlantic coast neighbours, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, Montevideo does not dazzle with its lights, but rather invites visitors to mingle with a people that still gather together to drink the national drink, mate (pronounced ma-tae), in its squares and beaches
during the day, or to drum away songs to Momo, the god of carnival, at night.

Momo’s kingdom

The two best known aspects of the city’s carnival are the candombe groups and the murgas, who generally represent specific neighbourhoods of Montevideo and carry with them their own fans.

Candombe is a cultural remnant of the traditions brought by African slaves, and has its most renowned celebration during the “Llamadas” parade, a must-see for all visitors who want to see the city explode in colour and rhythm with hundreds of drummers booming through the night accompanied by traditional dancers.

The other side of Montevideo’s carnival is the murga, which is a kind of partly-sung play which has become an emblematic part of Uruguayan culture. Banned during the dictatorship of the
70s and 80s for its irreverent criticisms of the government, the different murgas of Montevideo, like Araca La Cana, Falta y Resto and La Antimurga BCG, have names that are as colourful
as the painted faces of its members, the murguistas.

I love the atmosphere when the festivity is getting closer, for those like me who love Carnival, January is the countdown time to find out about the groups, see some rehersals or to watch on TV all the preparation for the competition, which lasts sometimes more than a month.
Who competes? Well, there are diffentent categories,

Murgas, Negros y Lubolos (Candombe), Parodistas y Humoristas

MuRgAs

NeGrOs Y LuBoLoS
If you could only be there when the group of drums passes close to you!!! You can feel the drums inside your body….so unique!

PaRoDiStAs

This category is formed mostly by young boys who dance VERY GOOD and have all the girls’ eyes on them.

I have my favorites in each category, but in general I like most of the groups.
Below you can see some photograhies from previous years; how colorful February gets in our country!…I wish you could come to see the magic of KiNg MoMos….and I also wish I were black and younger to dance as those vedettes do!!!

Please visit these webpages to see hundreds of pictures of our Carnival!!

The Competition in the Summer Theatre

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16 responses to “KiNg MoMoS Is CoMiNg!!!

  1. RUTH

    This looks so much fun.So exciting. So much colour and music and dancing. You must dance and sing for us. And for a WHOLE month…I hope you won’t be too tired to post on your blog in February.
    I was just about to go to bed and now I want to dance….cha cha cha boogie boogie
    Rx

  2. RUTHhttp://ruthjen.blogspot.com/

    This looks so much fun.So exciting. So much colour and music and dancing. You must dance and sing for us. And for a WHOLE month…I hope you won’t be too tired to post on your blog in February.
    I was just about to go to bed and now I want to dance….cha cha cha boogie boogie
    Rx

  3. RUTH

    This looks so much fun.So exciting. So much colour and music and dancing. You must dance and sing for us. And for a WHOLE month…I hope you won’t be too tired to post on your blog in February.
    I was just about to go to bed and now I want to dance….cha cha cha boogie boogie
    Rx

  4. RUTH

    I meant to add; we have the Notting Hill Carnival in London in August but that only lasts 3 days. I have never been but that too is full of singing and dancing and processions.
    Rx

  5. RUTHhttp://ruthjen.blogspot.com/

    I meant to add; we have the Notting Hill Carnival in London in August but that only lasts 3 days. I have never been but that too is full of singing and dancing and processions.
    Rx

  6. RUTH

    I meant to add; we have the Notting Hill Carnival in London in August but that only lasts 3 days. I have never been but that too is full of singing and dancing and processions.
    Rx

  7. Audrey

    Analia

    Im loving it!!!!!!!!!!!, so much colour,rythmn and life……..You have so much to look forward too..I should imagine its an exciting time when the city takes on a life of its own…..Must be missed when its all over…….look forward to hearing more about it…..and the children ohhhhhhhhhh so much fun, everything will seem bigger, brighter and vibrant for them

    Gosh Im getting in the carnival mood myself..wheres my whistle, my drum lol

  8. Audrey

    Analia

    Im loving it!!!!!!!!!!!, so much colour,rythmn and life……..You have so much to look forward too..I should imagine its an exciting time when the city takes on a life of its own…..Must be missed when its all over…….look forward to hearing more about it…..and the children ohhhhhhhhhh so much fun, everything will seem bigger, brighter and vibrant for them

    Gosh Im getting in the carnival mood myself..wheres my whistle, my drum lol

  9. Audrey

    Analia

    I must add the background makes interesting reading and the photography captures so much, wonderful………Did you take these????

  10. Audrey

    Analia

    I must add the background makes interesting reading and the photography captures so much, wonderful………Did you take these????

  11. Frog

    Hello Analia,

    Glad to know you!
    Great blog here.
    See yah.

  12. Frog

    Hello Analia,

    Glad to know you!
    Great blog here.
    See yah.

  13. Fabrizio

    Ciao!
    Carnival is great. Next to Torino there’s Ivrea, wich is a small town with an historic carnival: it’s a famous italian tradition.
    I still don’t know my mask for this year…

    😀

  14. Fabrizio

    Ciao!
    Carnival is great. Next to Torino there’s Ivrea, wich is a small town with an historic carnival: it’s a famous italian tradition.
    I still don’t know my mask for this year…

    😀

  15. Analia

    Frog welcome! and I hope to see a picture of our carnival with the frog included 🙂

    Fabrizio…Mask? oh no, stay like this, you are so handsome!! (ooops, blushing here LOL)

  16. Analia

    Frog welcome! and I hope to see a picture of our carnival with the frog included 🙂

    Fabrizio…Mask? oh no, stay like this, you are so handsome!! (ooops, blushing here LOL)

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