Murgueros | Kate StanworthKate Stanworth

Throughout Buenos Aires’ month-long carnival I followed two dance troupes as they rehearsed, dressed up and toured across the city, bringing neighbourhood streets to life with the thundering rhythms of Argentine murga.

 

Murga is a form of dance that was banned during the last dictatorship and has been growing in popularity among largely working class communities since it emerged back on the streets in the 1990s. As well as providing a source of pride and an escape from everyday problems, the murga gives rise to strong community bonds which transform people’s lives and act as a social support system.