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Blackness in the White NationA History of Afro-Uruguay$
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George Reid Andrews

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834176

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899601_andrews

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Remembering Africa Comparsas and Candombe, 1870–1950

Remembering Africa Comparsas and Candombe, 1870–1950

(p.50) Chapter Two Remembering Africa Comparsas and Candombe, 1870–1950
Blackness in the White Nation

George Reid Andrews

University of North Carolina Press

The Carnival is an annual tradition that precedes Lent when citizens don their costumes and join everyone in the streets to celebrate the annual overturning and remaking of daily life. This chapter focuses on the modernization of the Carnival and the incorporation of African-based music, song, and dance in the Uruguayan Carnival. It describes the black and white comparsas, groups that parade through the streets during the Carnival. The Raza Africana (African Race), Pobres Negros Orientales (Poor Uruguayan Blacks), and the Negros Argentinos comprise the black comparsas. The white comparsas are Carnival groups that dye themselves black. These blackface groups include the Negros Lubolos and the Negros Esclavos.

Keywords:   Carnival, Lent, comparsas, black comparsas, Raza Africana, Pobres Negros Orientales, Negros Argentinos, white comparsas, Negros Lubolos, Negros Esclavos

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