Candombe Jazz Project

Candombe Jazz Project

Candombe Jazz Project (Afro Uruguayan Music) is a New York City-based ensemble playing Candombe, the Afro Uruguayan music tradition. The Candombe Jazz Project presents an exciting concert of oral traditional songs, new arrangement of songs composed by renowned Uruguayan songwriters, and original compositions by Sabrina Lastman.

Featuring Uruguayan vocalist/composer Sabrina Lastman, Uruguayan guitarist/composer Beledo, Uruguayan master of candombe drum Arturo Prendez, and special guest Agrupación Lubola Macú.

July 15, 2010 (8pm) – IATI Theatre (


Sabrina Lastman (voice/songs) –
Boledo (guitar) –
Arturo Prendez (candombe drum)
Special Guest: Agrupación Lubola Macú

Other Credits:

Photos:              Michael J. Palma
Sound Engineer:   Pawel Szarejko
Sound System:    World in One Pan Arts

What is Candombe?

Candombe is a drum-based musical style of Uruguay. This rhythm developed in the Rio de la Plata area — Buenos Aires and particularly in Montevideo — among the black slaves brought by the Spanish colony in the 18th Century. Candombe is based on Bantu African drumming and other influences the African community received from the new environment they lived in. In Uruguayan culture this drum-based musical style is highly significant and extremely popular, going strong on the streets, halls and carnivals all over the country.

Candombe is a polyrhythmic three-part-drums-ensemble formed by the three tambores called chico, repique and piano, and the music composed on the basis of this rhythm encompasses a range of styles like funk, jazz, rock and tango, among others.