Is Ruben Rada! The beloved percussionist, composer and singer is giving Uruguayans yet another reason to amp up the patriotism and chant ‘celeste’ this year as they celebrate 200 years as an independent nation. Albeit perpetuating Rada’s tokenism as one in a handful of Uruguay’s black male icons, this victory is a notable motion towards achieving national and global visibility of Uruguay’s Afro-descendent community. Historian George Reid Andrews’ latest publication, Blackness in the White Nation, highlights the ongoing efforts of the Afro-Uruguayan community to retain a foothold in dominant culture and history. Kudos to talent, success and re-writing history!
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