In the last month we have seen two concerts by vocal/percussion groups known as ‘Murgas’. The murga tradition comes from Spain and can be found in Uruguay, Argentina, and other South American countries. Known traditionally as ‘mascaradas’ (masquerades), these groups of drummers and dancers performed during carnival time. In Uruguay, the name murga was coined and the tradition features a choir and three percussionists. This murga uruguaya is what is found in Mendoza. The choirs often sing songs of picaresque wit and biting social commentary. The photo is of the “Murga El Semillero” who we saw play live.