Manu Chao

I just returned from a week in Uruguay: firstly to renew my Argentinean visa (upon re-entry to Argentina), and secondly to discover Uruguay. I'm a little behind with my posts - due to a near complete absence of computer access over the last seven days - so I will endeavour to catch up over the next few, expectantly-uneventful days.

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The night before I left for Uruguay I went to see Manu Chao in concert. It was held in an enormous field with big screens showing the close-ups of the miniatures characters on the stage far, far away. The performance was fantastic. I met a few other friends there and we jumped up and down like crazy monkeys tasting bananas for the first time. I also partook in a dance they invented which I think was called, The Push-each-other-around-and-into-other-people Dance.

Here's a video clip I have from the night. Please note: it was recorded on my 4-year-old mobile phone - which means it was recorded using antique technology - hence the quality is not optimal. Also, swaying with the music meant the video is not exactly stable - so watching it may give you motion sickness.

When Manu comes to Buenos Aires he does some work with La Colifata, which is a Buenos Aires radio-station run by patients recovering from neuropsychiatric hospital. So throughout the evening many patients contributed with insightful and peaceful narrations to Manu's music. Please click here for more information in La Colifate.

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Side note: Today is the seven-year anniversary of the day I first left Australia.