[lit-ideas] Re: Argentina: Wikipedia's "Country of the Week"

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 10:36:44 -0800

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roots.html>  OF THE WEEK: Argentina: The African Roots Of Tango 

The South American country won this week's random selection. Today Booker
Rising highlights the major dance and musical form associated with the
country. According to Wikipedia, tango originated in the late 1800s in the
La Boca neighborhood in the capital city of Buenos Aires. Seeking to portray
passion, romance, and love, it first spread to neighboring Uruguay and then

Wikipedia further <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tango_%28dance%29>  states:
"The dance originated from the African community in Buenos Aires based on
ancient African dance forms. The origins of the word Tango are from the
Niger Congo languages of Africa. The music derived from the fusion of
various forms of music from Europe, Africa and the Americas....The word
Tango seems to have first been used in connection with the dance in the
1890s. Initially it was just one of the many dances, but it soon became
popular throughout society, as theatres and street barrel organs spread it
from the suburbs to the working-class slums, which were packed with hundreds
of thousands of European immigrants."

ToTango, which bills itself as the <http://www.totango.net/sergio.html>
world's largest English-language site about tango, states that milonga, a
precursor to tango, is from the Quimbunda language of Angolan slaves brought
to Brazil and means "words". It states that the word "tango" emerged much
earlier than the dance, in the Canary Islands and other parts of Latin
America and meant "gathering of blacks to dance to drum music". For the
slaves brought to Argentina (the descendants of whom have overwhelmingly
been "absorbed" into the wider Argentine population, which overwhelmingly -
and wrongly - considers itself to be white and exclusively European in
genetic makeup) from modern-day Congo, southern Sudan, and Guinea, tango
meant "closed space" or 'circle".

Tango was initially danced in Argentine bars, cafes, gambling houses,
whorehouses, and dancing houses featuring girls as entertainment. At that
time, it was considered a big no-no in Argentine society for dancers to
dance closely, with cheeks together, embraces, flirtation, and legs going
everywhere in dance.

Wikipedia continues about Argentina, which was one of the world's richest
countries until the 1950s, and tango's fall and resurrection: "In Argentina,
the onset in 1929 of the Great Depression, and restrictions introduced after
the overthrow of the Hipólito Yrigoyen government in 1930 caused Tango to
decline. Its fortunes were reversed as tango again became widely fashionable
and a matter of national pride under the government of Juan Perón. Tango
declined again in the 1950s with economic depression and as the military
dictatorships banned public gatherings, followed by the popularity of Rock
and Roll. The dance lived on in smaller venues until its revival in the
1983's following the opening in Paris of the show Tango Argentino created by
Claudio Segovia & Hector Orezzoli. This show made a revolution worldwide,
and people everywhere started taking tango lessons."

Posted by Shay at 7:35 AM

Labels: Dance <http://bookerrising.blogspot.com/search/label/Dance> , Music



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