Tango of Buenos Aires, a journey through one of the most important musical styles in Argentina.
Intense, passionate and with an enormous feeling, it was declared by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage, since it is the most representative icon of the city of Buenos Aires.
For this reason, it will be very difficult for you to get to know the city without immersing yourself in the magic of Tango, both its music and its dance. Here it was born and here it grew up, to later spread to the whole world.
And you will ask, what is Tango? It is a binary musical style, with the renowned 2×4 beat, born in the Río de la Plata during the 19th century. It arises from the fusion of African culture with the local culture of native peoples and gauchos, added to the European contribution of immigrants who came to the country.
Among the most important and recognized tango musicians, we can mention Piazzolla (the distinguished genius, who in his time was not very loved by traditionals, since he came to modify the style in its entirety. Here we tell you more about him), Carlos Gardel (a character whose nationality was always in doubt, but in Argentina, he is loved as if he were from here), Roberto Goyeneche with Aníbal Troilo and Osvaldo Pugliese, Adriana Varela as one of the most important female voices in the world of Tango, among others.
In various areas of the city, you will find tango artists who offer their art in the streets of Buenos Aires. One of the most characteristic is Caminito and here we tell you more about this site. In turn, the neighborhood of La Boca, has a tango decoration and its characteristic filleting as far as signage is concerned. On the edge of this neighborhood, you can find more variety of still lifes in San Telmo, in its main square Dorrego, where many street tango shows, orchestras and works of art take place. Here we tell you what to do in San Telmo!
In addition, many bars, bodegones or cafes offer Tango shows during the night or day, such as Café Tortoni (meeting place for great composers and artists during the 1920s and the following decade), The Carlos Gardel Corner (opened in the Market of Abasto, close to Carlos Gardel’s house, which you can also visit) and the famous Homero Manzi Coffee (in the heart of Boedo, central headquarters to enjoy the tango culture, learn more here!).
It is not necessary to be an expert in the matter to be able to enjoy this very Argentine music and dance, but in case you want to learn even more, in many places classes are offered before each show, so that you can leave with knowledge about the steps of the 2×4!
Once a year, the World Tango Festival is held, where countless artists, workshops, talks, dances and classes are held. To learn more about this festival and have the updated date, we leave you its official site here.
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