Comparsa

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This article is about the Latin American musical term. For the Deep Forest album, see Comparsa (album).
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A comparsa (conga de comparsa) is the band which plays a conga during a Latin American Carnival celebration. It consists of a large group of dancers dancing and traveling on the streets, followed by a Carrosa (carriage) where the musicians play. The Comparsa is a development of African processions where groups of devotees followed a given saint or deity during a particular religious celebration.

In Uruguay, a comparsa makes reference to a group of candombe dancers and drummers.

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