World Music - Argentina
It’s Friday, World Music Friday!
Today we want to dance with Argentina, a multicultural country, as varied as the country's geography. Nothing represents this complex intertwining of cultures (African, Indigenous and European) better than Tango, one of the most sensual and passionate dances in the world. It originated on the outskirts of Buenos Aires in the poorer areas. Tango refers to more than just the dance and encompasses the sensuality of the music, rhythms and lyrics. Tango, like football, is seen as strongly representative of the country's national identity, and most Argentinians take pride in their country's multicultural and multi-ethnic identity.
Astor Piazzola, an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player and arranger. His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. A virtuoso bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with a variety of ensembles. Here a composition of his, Libertango. The title merges the words "Libertad" (Spanish for liberty) and "Tango", symbolizing Piazzolla's break from Classical Tango to Tango Nuevo.
Enjoy the music! Have a great weekend!
- Alba Serrano-Miro
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