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Afrodescendants in Paraguay celebrate their African roots

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Members of the Paraguay-African group Kamba Cua participated in the annual festival in honour of St Balthazar, one of the Three Kings, over the weekend.

The festival is a way for afro-descendants to keep connected with their African roots through dance, drumming and customs.

"It is a great joy for me. It is a great pride to know that our community continues to do what it likes to do", said Afro-descendant Julia Chávez. 

Some can trace their roots to this area back to 1820. 

As ever, the drum plays a central role in the celebrations.

The Kamba ethnic Africans arrived in the area with the army of the father of Uruguayan independence, Jose Gervasio Artigas.

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