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The arrival of tango to Brazil.

“Brazilian tango”.


Tango was originated in the Rio de la Plata region and the wind blew the sound of the bandoneons until it reached and captivated the ears of the neighbouring grounds: Brazilians.

It is well that by the end of the XIX tango gained hegemony in the cities of Argentina and Uruguay, however, in a more subtle way, tango got in the veins and made a profound impact in the popular culture of Brazil.

It is well that by the end of the XIX tango gained hegemony in the cities of Argentina and Uruguay, however, in a more subtle way, tango got in the veins and made a profound impact in the popular culture of Brazil.

Much like in Argentina, Brazilian tango stripped the reality of what happened in the streets at the time, through a melancholic musicality and lyrics. This relationship between “social context and music” was reflected by the inclusion of street terms in its songs, as well as the conversion of street sounds through (and with) musical instruments.  The composer Ernesto Nazareth was one of the best examples in achieving such relationship, having provided “Brazilian tango” with more than a hundred songs.

The tango movement in Brazil started growing and their artists alongside. Poets appeared reciting the most iconic versions of Argentine tango. On the other hand, new songs were born in Portuguese, honoring Argentine tango and its interpreters. Such is the case of Nelson Goncalves who elevated with enormous talent a composition dedicated to Carlos Gardel, composed by Herivelto Martins and David Nasser, that goes:

“Tangos, bandoneons and a moaning guitar
in a desperate love rhythm.
A cabaret that closes its doors,
A street of love and sin.
A guard observing in the corner,
A couple in search of a hotel,
The leftovers of a melody,
A whistle,
An immortal longing,
Carlos Gardel.”

As time went by, tango became tremendously popular in Brazil. In a similar way as in Argentina, during the 40´s and 50´s decades of the XXth century, tango was the most popular musical genre of the time for the Cariocas. In fact, decades later, the genre would still infiltrate between the ever growing Rock and Roll that consumed the world at the time.

Nowadays, Brazil has delivered hundred of composers, singers, orchestras, dancers, professors and academies that teach and promote milonga to the world. In this manner, the cities that highlight for their tango taste are Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Curitiba, San Pablo and Río de Janeiro.



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