What is Tango?
Tango is a musical genre and a social dance originated in Argentina, but which undoubtedly possesses European and North American influences. Styles of tango that develop vary from region to another, so can not speak of a universal tango. One of the important features of this traditional dance is improvisation in movement, despite the fact that there are basic parameters that must be followed as the alternation of the feet.
Historically, the starting point of the tango is in the city of Buenos Aires, whose roots in the cultural and ethnic diversity that confluyó in this city can be seen. As for the etymology of the name, despite the fact that do not have a clear certainty, believed that this has its origin in Africa. The start of this dance took its form at the end of the 19th century, where you could see a fusion of European music, milonga, South American, and African rhythms. It was initially considered a dance of the underclass and brothels, but then it was gaining popularity and media, was opening from the suburbs to the class as to the hundreds of thousands of newly arrived European immigrants. Shortly after began to be danced in places of meeting of the upper-class as the Opera Theatre. It is at the beginning of the 20th century when Argentine tango bands traveled through Europe to cities such as Paris, Berlin, and London, as well as to the United States, which made the genre to win such approval, who even came to form a new style called "tango salon". Economic depression suffered by Argentina in 1929, together with the Government of Hipólito Yrigoyen in 1930, brought about the decline of the genre. During the Government of Juan Domingo Perón, this transcendental dance returned to collect the importance and popularity of the times of yore.
The music of tango, is a sextet consisting typically of 2 violins, 1 piano, 1 bass, and 2 accordions. It is important to stress the importance in musical evolution experienced in the 1920's through the famous composer Carlos Gardell (impossible not to mention his classic "por una cabeza", whose melody has been further popularized by hollywood in a number of films, such as "perfume de mujer"). After his death, the tango had its golden age, where there were important figures among which include Juan D'Arienzo, who was known as the "King of the beat". During the 1950s, Ástor Piazzolla wanted to introduce pop to tango in keeping with the new times, which later became known as "new tango". However, this new style meant an opposition from the more conservative musicians. It is from the year 1970 when demonstrate a fusion of tango with jazz. With the incorporation of electronic instruments has evolved into a style known as the "Tango", which continues to have complex rhythm and melody characteristics of the genre.
Today, the tango is considered a musical genre that has crossed borders. The originality of this, has done that it is very appreciated by the thousands of tourists and visitors who annually attend the port city of Buenos Aires, where there are many famous places like "trails" in the La Boca district, where takes place the traditional dance. Noteworthy is also the famous shows in the neighborhood of San Telmo, which is also known for its antiques.