In Uruguay, the first Saturday of October is Día de Patrimonio, or Heritage Day, an event sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Sites all across the country open for visitors for free, similar to OpenHouse London. This year’s theme recognizes the outsized role public education has played in Uruguay’s highly integrated society, commemorating… Read More Día de Patrimonio/Heritage Day
http://www.nytimes.com/…/music/brazilian-music-playlist.html This is a stellar playlist to kick off the Olympics, filled with some of the finest musicians not just in Brazil, but the world, and I highly recommend listening! However, I am disappointed that none of the 30 songs chosen by The New York Times come from 3 of the genres widely considered to… Read More Let the Games (and music) begin!
All year long, I couldn’t avoid this man with sideburns, combed back hair and a pointy nose. His name and image were more present than any other in the public sphere. A quick perusal at the shelves of a Montevideo bookstore will reveal more tomes on this man than any other human, dead or… Read More National Personification and Founding Father: An American Perspective on José Gervasio Artigas
I have just completed a chapter synthesizing the urban historical geography of Montevideo through its tapestry of neighborhoods and the incredible wealth of music that is rooted in place. The best way to delve into the individual character of Montevideo’s barrios is through music. It’s not that each neighborhood has its own genre, though certain… Read More Saludo a Los Barrios: An Urbanist’s Musical Tour of Montevideo
There’s a belief in Uruguay that only “evil” can happen outside its borders, that the “paisito” exists separate from the rest of the world, in its bubble of tranquility and peace, which the current Minister of Defense likens to “Disney World”. While on the whole there is much truth to this ideal, events like the… Read More Uruguay as Disney World: On the Stabbing in Paysandú
Excerpt from chapter on the journey from Montevideo into Uruguay’s interior profundo. Despite it’s remoteness, Ruta 7 has not escaped Uruguayan musical consciousness. Jorge Nasser’s Ruta 7 is an ode to the road. The former leader of rock band Niquel describes this part of the country, beautifully and accurately, touching on the state of the… Read More MEVIR: Uruguay’s Little Houses on the Prairie
“What country is closest to heaven”? “Uruguay, because it’s next to Argentina” There’s no better welcome back to Montevideo from Buenos Aires than a nice joke about Argentines. Ceci and I were enjoying a nice birthday lunch of ceviche in Ciudad Vieja. I had a 24 hour stopover in the capital before heading back… Read More Taxis and Tres Cruces