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OLD MAMMA / Code DRS009
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OLD MAMMA / Code DRS009

OLD MAMMA / Code DRS009
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Code / Name: OLD MAMMA / Code DRS009

Year: 2005

Technique: Oil on canvas

Size: 45x55

Comments: In the third decade of the nineteenth century the word candombe began to appear in Montevideo, referring to self-help dancing societies founded by persons of African descent. The term means "pertaining to blacks" in Ki-Kongo. In Montevideo it meant more than a dance or a music or a congregation, but all of the above. Candombe the dance was a local fusion of various African traditions. A complicated choreography included a final section with wild rhythms, freely improvised steps, and energetic, semi-athletic movements.A full candombe group, collectively known as a comparsa or candomblera, comprises the cuerda, a group of female dancers known as mulatas, and several stock characters, each with their own specific dances. The stock characters include: La Mama Vieja ("Old Mother"), the matriarch El Gramillero ("Medicine Man"), Mama Vieja's husband, responsible for health and well-being El Escobero or Escobillero ("Stick Holder"), who carries a long magical wooden stick that he uses to create new ways and possibilities for the future.

Price: CHF 1143

OLD MAMMA / Code DRS009