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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Murgas Final Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Headquarters in Santa Cruz of the Murga Group Los Diablos Locos

One aspect of carnival that I tend not to cover here in much detail are the murga groups. For two reasons; their "music" (using the term advisedly) played on party horns or kazoos tends to be a tad irritating after the second bar and, as the lyrics are highly political (not to mention politically incorrect) and satirical, they're up the harder end of Spanish to understand. So, unless you live on the island and really immerse yourself in the culture, you probably won't appreciate them beyond their clown-like appearance.

The first murga appeared in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1917, giving life, the following year, to these satirical groups of the carnival. Afilarmónica NiFú-NiFá (Tenerife) is the oldest, and is considered the mother of the Canarian murgas. See: Murga en Canarias

However, they are one of the most popular elements of the carnivals and contests where prizes are awarded to the most outstanding costumes, lyrics and interpretation. If you're really, really interested and happen to have six hours to spare, here's a recording of this year's final of the adult murgas in Santa Cruz. Yes, six whole hours. That popular!



Final Murgas adultas Carnaval S/C de Tenerife 2016

(The high spot of the "bitter" Carnival Queen Gala of 2007 was when murga group Los Diablos Locos refused to participate and walked off the stage during the live event. Los Diablos Locos walk off and the crowd goes wild.)

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