June 17, 2014
Tango is inextricably linked to Argentina, yet in its influences binds that country to the many cultures that have touched and shaped it. A land of open plains and cattle-rearing Gauchos, Argentina is also very much a nation dominated by its great capital, Buenos Aires. This port city, with its Parisian-style café society and broad avenues, was also marked by the immigrant slums that crowded close to the harbour. It is here that tango evolved out of a mix of European musical styles, the melancholy of port life and a rich South American dance tradition full of African rhythms.
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