Tango

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Tango rhythm.[1]

Tango is a partner dance, and social dance that originated in the 1880s along the Río de la Plata, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay. It was born in the impoverished port areas of these countries, in neighborhoods which had predominantly African descendants.[2] The tango is the result of a combination of Rioplatense Candombe celebrations, Spanish-Cuban Habanera, and Argentinean Milonga.[3] The tango was frequently practiced in the brothels and bars of ports, where business owners employed bands to entertain their patrons with music.[4] The tango then spread to the rest of the world.[5] Many variations of this dance currently exist around the world.

On August 31, 2009, UNESCO approved a joint proposal by Argentina and Uruguay to include the tango in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.[6][7]

  1. ^ Blatter, Alfred (2007). Revisiting music theory: a guide to the practice, p.28. ISBN 0-415-97440-2.
  2. ^ University of Michigan. "Tango". Musica Del Mundo Hispano.
  3. ^ Chasteen, John Charles (2004). National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance. University of New Mexico Press.
  4. ^ Castro, Donald (January 1990). "The Soul of the People: The Tango as a Source for Argentine Social History". Studies in Latin American Popular Culture. 9: 279.
  5. ^ Termine, Laura (September 30, 2009). "Argentina, Uruguay bury hatchet to snatch tango honor". Buenos Aires. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  6. ^ "Culture:The Tango". UNESCO Archives Multimedia website. UNESCO. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  7. ^ "The Tango". Intangible Heritage Lists. UNESCO. Retrieved 30 November 2010.