It is believed that tango emerged towards the end of the 19th century, when European immigrants, many from the lower classes, missed their origins and the women they had left on land. Some went to brothels and while they waited, they created a very masculine dance form, executed by men.
Increasingly, musical groups that accompanied the tangos arose in the brothels, and with them, lyrics where born. The themes spoke of friendship, of the betrayal of women… always full of nostalgia.
Afterwards, the men began to dance with the prostitutes, which gave them a sensual character. The dance influenced young people of the upper class and spread throughout Europe and the United States.
Carlos Gardel was a singer, composer and actor. He began his career as an interpreter with José Razzano, a Uruguayan man, until the latter lost his voice. Then Gardel continued alone, composing the lyrics of many tangos and achieving international fame, becoming a star in the golden age of tango. He died in 1935 in an aeroplane crash.
The milongas, in addition to meaning dance and music, are tango halls where you can enjoy the beauty and passion of the movements of this dance so full of sensuality and eroticism.
UNESCO has declared this dance an Intangible Cultural Heritage item in 2009. In the city of Buenos Aires, you can enjoy the Carlos Gardel House Museum, venues that offer tango shows and dance clubs. Each August, the city celebrates the Tango Festival.
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