Street Tango in Montevideo, Uruguay
When the weather is good, you'll often find Street Tango in Montevideo's Plaza Entrevero (also known as Plaza Fabini) on Saturday evenings. People of all ages enjoy dancing, while others come to watch and drink Yerba Mate.
Tango--both the dance and music genre--developed on both sides of the Río de la Plata river, in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, in late 1800's. From there, Tango spread and evolved all over the world. Today, Tango styles include Ballroom Tango, Finnish Tango, as well as Argentine Tango.
The Tango was influenced by many European music forms as well as milonga (a regional predecessor to tango) and candombe. In fact, the name "tango" is derived from the candombe term tangó which was used to describe the tambor (drum) and the accompanying dance of candombe.
Tango music may be instrumental or include a singing accompaniment. A tango orchestra traditionally included a piano, guitar, violin, double bass, and an accordion-like instrument called a bandoneón.
The most well-known figure in tango music is Uruguayan born singer/songwriter Carlos Gardel, who, along with songwriter Alfredo le Pera, wrote such tango classics as Volver and Por una Cabeza. Gardel toured South America, New York, Europe, and acted in Hollywood films in the early 1930’s, spreading the music of tango all over the world.
One of the most popular tango songs of all time is Cumparsita written in Montevideo by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez in 1919.
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