Elizabeth, NJ Joins Global Celebration of Uruguayan Candombe

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

The Uruguayan community in Elizabeth, NJ, is preparing to join a global homage to Candombe, a folk tradition related to African-rooted dance and percussion, on Sunday April 28.

The Club Uruguayo of Elizabeth, the city that hosts the largest number of Uruguayans in the Garden State, will contribute two New Jersey-based  comparsas (dance and music groups): Catherine 1034 and Candombe del Jardín, said two spokespersons for the club.

“We’ve been informed that the Club Uruguayo, on 1034 E. Jersey St., Elizabeth, will open its doors at 4 p.m. on Sunday April 28. There will be choripán (sausage sandwich) and typical drinks, among other refreshments, all free of charge. So come over, fellow countrymen, for this great opportunity to gather with the Uruguayan family,” said Uruguayan resident Leonardo Esposito.

The event will take place simultaneously in at least 32 cities that so far have joined a global celebration, including Barcelona, Roma, Lima, Palma de Mallorca, Los Angeles, Sidney, Toronto, Tenerife, Santiago de Chile, and Tel Aviv, among others.

Although the official National Day for Candombe, Afro-Uruguayan Culture and Racial Equity is on December 3rd, this event, called “Global Homage to Candombe,” takes place after the famous Uruguayan carnival, a popular and international event that starts in January and ends in early March.

“This is the first edition. We hope it will become a Uruguayan tradition across the world,” said Jorge Hortiguera, also from Uruguay.

Previously, on Friday April 19, before you got your Reporte Hispano copy, the Club Uruguayo, also called La Casa de La Cultura Uruguaya, organized “La Noche Rioplatense,” a free of charge place for fun, dancing, chatting, and tasting of Uruguayan stews.

Male attendants will need to be completely dressed in black, and women in white clothes. The Club Uruguayo was founded in 2010 as a non-profit organization devoted to promote and spread the culture from that South American country, and to promote fraternity among the Uruguayan community in New Jersey and the U.S.

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