Mick Jagger got the real Uruguayan treatment last night when after dinner in a small neighbourhood restaurant he ended up dancing candombe in the modest home of a local drum-maker.
The singer is here to play a concert with the Rolling Stones tonight and after mentioning that he would like to hear candombe (apparently he had been disappointed not to hear it in Costa Rica – not a surprise given that it’s native to Uruguay, not Central America!) he was taken by local music legend Ruben Rada to the birthday party of Lobo Nuñez, a luthier and drummer.
Lobo who was interviewed on the radio today talked about his astonishment of seeing Mick “Jigger”, as he called the star, in his front room. When asked by the reporter if he had been able to sell Jagger a drum, he responded without a hint of irony that it had not been the time or place.
What happened to Mick, is what makes Uruguay completely different from other places.
This contact with locals, and the lack of ceremony, happens in Uruguay all the time. And you don’t need to be world-famous to experience it.
Obviously the best thing is to know a local, but if you are not lucky enough, then the next best thing is to go on one of Montevideo’s remarkably authentic guided tours.
Montevideo’s remarkably authentic guided tours
For instance, what’s unique about going on a football tour in Montevideo, versus Buenos Aires, is that everyone knows everyone else and you can get access that would be impossible elsewhere.
The Fanáticos del Futbol who run tours have been able to arrange visits to training events at the local Liverpool Club for British Liverpool FC fans or for a fan to meet a Uruguayan footie idol (they’ve been known to break down!).
And on art-deco & architecture tours, your guide will blag you into a number of places that are generally closed to the public.
The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo recommends great tours that will make your stay in Uruguay truely unique.
And as it is a non-commercial guide, written by someone who wants you to experience the real Uruguay, The Guru’Guay Guide also includes a list of Uruguayan musicians that you must see live while you are here.
It includes… Ruben Rada!
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