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1- Latin for Drummies – Candombe

Candombe is the heritage of African slave’s in Rio de la Plata’s area.

Originally forbidden and confined to a small room, nowadays is proudly played in the streets and continue reflecting the deeply identity feeling that make it born and raise.

 Candombe was originally forbidden and confined to closed ceremonies due to his obvious relation with the unknown social and religious practices originally from Africa.


Cause the really deep feeling of identity and brotherhood that this rhythm specially provides.


The original small room kept so small that first on weekends, holidays and patriotic dates, everybody went to the meeting point to dance and play a drum in this marvellous reunion.


Fortunately, on these days, every single occasion is the best excuse to tune the drums and play a little bit.


Candombe is played with three different drums, the biggest and low-pitched one is called “Tambor Piano” (Piano drum), the middle one is called “Tambor Repique” (Repique drum) and finally, the high-pitched is called “Tambor Chico” (Chico drum).


To play one of this drum you’ll need your hand and one single stick on the other hand (like drum sticks). If you play the bigger – lowest drum you’ll need a bigger stick!!!


First of all, in the tradition, when you play Candombe, you play standing on your feet, walking with the drum hanged on your shoulder during several blocks on the street (maybe ten…)


Nowadays in different modern contexts, is usual to see Candombe drummers playing sited.