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Hugo "Foca" Machado
He began his professional career in 1969 in Montevideo,
where he was born, in the Republic of Uruguay, playing in the 'Fuego
para la Lonja' (Fire for the Drumskin) Comparsa, and later in the
'Acuarela de Candombe' (Candombe Watercolor) Comparsa. In 1975 he
joined the 'Kanela y su Baracutanga' drum corps as drum chief, working
with Composer Eduardo Da Luz.
He took part in the 'Central' and 'Senegal' comparsas, and with
the latter achieved third place in the 'Parade of the Drum Calls'
(Desfile de Llamadas).
In 1988 he took part in the Cosquín Festival with 'Yabor',
played several times at the Teatro San Martín in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, and appeared on television shows.
He has taught classes on Candombe at the Tandil municipality and
held musical workshops at the San Martín and Vicente López
municipalities in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, which
he still does today.
He took part in the First Meeting of Afro-American Cultures at the
Bauen Hotel, presenting Candombe as an expression of Uruguayan and
River Plate culture and music.
He has played in countless concerts with distinguished musicians
like Ricardo Nolé, Ricardo Lew, Rubén Rada and Pablo
Enriquez, and he took part in the 'Candombazo' (super Candombe Festival)
in the Obras sports stadium in the city of Buenos Aires. He was
part of the Raíces (Roots) musical group led by Beto Satragni
with appearances in Montevideo and Buenos Aires, and cut two records
with this group, Empalme (Junction) and Ey Bo Road.
He was specially invited, together with the drum corps, to appear
in concerts given by singers Soledad and Natalia Oreiro, in the
Gran Rex Theater in Buenos Aires and on tour in Argentina.
Among recordings in which he took part may be mentioned 'Para los
Indios Tobas' (For the Tobas Indians) with Mercedes Sosa, Soledad
Live, Opus Cuatro, Nora Sarmoria, the Procanto Choir of La Plata
City, Litto Nebia and Quintino Cinalli.