AGARRATE CATALINA – Montevideo

Agarrate Catalina es una murga uruguaya fundada en el año 2001. En el año 2003 hacen su debut en el Carnaval mayor, y desde entonces obtienen el primer lugar del concurso oficial en los años 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 y 2020

Su director responsable es Yamandú Cardozo, y los textos son realizados por el mismo junto a su hermano Tabaré Cardozo y a Carlos Tanco. Por varios años la dirección escénica y los arreglos corales estuvieron a cargo de Martin Duarte. Actualmente esa tarea la desempeña Tabaré Cardozo.

Murga is a form of popular musical theatre performed in Montevideo, Uruguay, Panama, Argentina and Badajoz, Spain during the Carnival season. Murga groups also operate in the Buenos Aires Carnival, though to a lesser extent than in Montevideo; the Argentine murga is more centred on dancing and less on vocals than the Uruguayan one. Uruguayan murga has a counterpart in Cadiz, Spain from which it is derived, the chirigota, but over time the two have diverged into distinct forms.

A murga performance features up to 17 performers, usually men. In the period preceding Carnival, which takes place from late January to early March in Uruguay, each group will prepare a musical play consisting of a suite of songs and recitative (heightened speech) lasting around 45 minutes. This suite will be performed on community stages known as tablados, set up in Montevideo’s various neighbourhoods, throughout the Carnival period. Groups also vie against one another in a prestigious official competition.

Lyrical content is based on a particular theme, chosen by the group, which serves to provide commentary on events in Uruguay or elsewhere over the preceding year. Consequently, murga lends itself well to being used as a form of popular resistance. For example, during the dictatorship in Uruguay in the 1970s, groups like Araca La Cana [es] became known for their left-wing tendencies, subversive commentary and oppositional stance.

Vengo de un sitio perdido en el sur
Entre gallegos y tanos
Soy un criollo mestizo y cantor
Que se acunó con el tango compadrón

Madre milonga llorando su amor
Padre tambor africano
Y el paso doble de un barco a vapor
Herencia de gaditanos

Mi mistongo corazón
Late a tiempo de camión
Diario, feria y mostrador
Bohemio y reo

Hecho a punta de facón
Hecho a troupe y bandoneón
Murga, canto y milongón
¡Montevideo!

Vengo de un sitio perdido en el sur
Entre gallegos y tanos
Soy un criollo mestizo y cantor
Que se acunó con el tango compadrón

Madre milonga llorando su amor
Padre tambor africano
Y el paso doble de un barco a vapor
Herencia de gaditanos

Mi mistongo corazón
Late a tiempo de camión
Diario, feria y mostrador
Bohemio y reo

Hecho a punta de facón
Hecho a troupe y bandoneón
Murga, tango y milongón
¡Montevideo!

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