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interview with Juan Topalian.
Oscar Alemán was a jazz guitarist born in Argentina in 1909. He came from a family of performers and musicians.
Great picture of men dancing together from the 1904 in the river. This comes from the Archivo General de la Nación? in Buenos Aires.
I often get asked about dancing to tangos with singers. The tango singer has had four distinctive roles over time:
National Singer (Cantor Nacional)
The Refrain Singer (Estbrillista)
The Orchestra Singer (Cantor de la Orchesta)
The Star Soloist
The original title was "Muchachos se armó la milonga," which uses lunfardo (street slang of Buenos Aires), but the title was changed along with many other tangos in 1943, because of "le ley seca (the dry law)" a policy by the ruling military and the Catholic church to "purify" the language of Argentina. They also wanted to protect the youth from the corrupting influence of tango.
Tango History Blog Posts
A Brief Definition of a Milonguero by Cacho Dante
Letter written by Cacho Dante about Argentine Tango
Most of the best dances of my life have been to Pugliese.
To dance to Pugliese, you need exceptional balance, patience and discipline (by both partners). It takes the ability to respect the silence and the moments between the steps. To dance Pu
Poesía de gotán: The Poetry of the Tango is a great website that has lots of translations of some really great tango songs.The Structure of Tango
Part I: Cross Steps and Open Steps
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