Murga Uruguaya


A repost of  a blog entry I made for Provisions Library on May 18th:

Murga is a form of popular musical theatre performed in Uruguay leading up to and during the Carnival season. The origin of Murga is from Cadiz, Spain. This art form is considered a cultural icon of Uruguay.

A traditional Murga group is composed of a chorus and three percussionists, with the vocal performance the main attraction. At most there are 17 Murgaristas in a group, usually men, who dress elaborate, colorful costumes (A group performing in Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts). An average show is approximately 45 minutes with the objective of providing commentary on events in Uruguay.

Like most street theatre, there are elements of resistance in Murga. During Uruguay’s dictatorship in the 1970’s some Murga groups (such as Araca La Cana), took on left-wing views in their performance and provided commentary on the political situation. Here is a video of a Murga performance mocking Hugo Chavez.

Advertisements

About John Costa

I am a farmer in training with a background in finance, organizational sustainability, and project management. My expertise is making the business case for local food enterprises.
This entry was posted in Culture and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s