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tango bij Argentijns Grill Restaurant Santosthe tango

The dance originated in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires. The music derived from the fusion of various forms of music from Europe. 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, primarily Italians, Spanish and French.

In Argentina, the onset in 1929 of the Great Depression, and restrictions introduced after the overthrow of the Hipólito Yrigoyen government in 1930 caused the tango to decline. Its fortunes were reversed as the tango again became widely fashionable and a matter of national pride.

Tango consists of a variety of styles that developed in different regions and eras of Argentina as well as in other locations around the world. There is the ´Argentine tango´ and the ´American and International tango´.

Carlos Gardel Carlós Gardèl (11 December 1890 - 24 June 1935) is perhaps the most prominent figure in the history of the tango. He died in an airplane crash at the height of his career, becoming an archetypal tragic hero mourned throughout Latin America. (source: Wikipedia)





Lyrics by: Alfredo Le Pera (4 June 1900 - 24 June 1935)
Music by: Carlós Gardèl (11 December 1890 - 24 June 1935)