A brief story of Argentine Tango

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Photo A brief story of Argentine Tango

Tango is the dance of the people of Buenos Aires. Argentinian people dance tango almost everywhere, in a bar, in a café, at a dance hall. Read and get an insight about the Argentine Tango.

Spanish immigration in Argentina

  • Due to the decline in the Spanish Empire, Spaniards left their country.
  • Immigrants from Spain settled in Argentina. They brought slaves from Africa to work for them.
  • Native Argentinians repulsed those settlers. Therefore, they attacked them.
  • In 1541, the Spanish immigrants left their settlement.
  • In 1580, Spanish settlers came back to colonize the Argentinians.
  • A war broke up between the Native people and the settlers. They fought over land ownership.

Argentina's independence

With the help of the Arucanian Indians and the Gauchos or freedom fighters, the Argentinians chased the Spanish Viceroy and his army out of the country on May 25, 1810.

Then, a provincial government was set up in Argentina. Argentina was free from the Spanish invasion from July 9, 1816.

Argentina got its independence in 1862. Later on, the gauchos and the Indians were evicted from the country which was the beginning of Tango

  • The Gauchos moved into Buenos Aires, with the Payadores or musicians. They played the guitar and sang songs with obscene lyrics at bars.
  • The African slaves too played their traditional Candombe.
  • The African musicians played music with the Payadores, which gave birth to the Milonga.
  • Later on, in Havana, Cuba, Andalusian immigrants arrived in Argentina and introduced the Habanera, which consists of step-dancing.
  • Dancers combined the Milonga and the Habanera, which became the Tango.

Immigration, Poverty and Tango

By 1880, a great deal of male immigrants settled in Argentina, hoping for a better lifestyle. However, they were faced with unemployment, hardship and poverty. The only flourishing business was prostitution.

Many brothels and bordellos filled the streets of Buenos Aires. Inside these places, the Tango became so popular. Initially, the dance was widely used by prostitutes and pimps. The illegal brothels and bordellos were concealed into “Dance Academies”.

People from the upper class rejected the notorious Tango, which portrayed women as the temptress Delilahs, who seduce men into prostitution.

The evolution of the Tango

  • In the 1880s, the Bandoneon, a German musical instrument, was played with the Tango.
  • Tango song lyrics were written with a mixture of native language, Spanish, Italian, and street languages.
  • In the early 1911, the Argentinian playboy Ricardo Guiraldes presented the Tango in Paris.
  • Tango lyrics focused on melancholic lifestyle and sorrows.
  • The dance was performed in Europe and it quickly became popular.

Learn the Tango dance in Argentina

Tango is a fascinating dance, with its long story and evolution. It was once the seductive dance of Delilah, but then, it became the melancholic dance about a lost love. Nowadays, Tango is danced by all kinds of people, regardless of their social status and origin. Come to Argentina to learn the Tango step dance.

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