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    The blackness of tango. Dance's dark roots in a country "without blacks"



    Every Argentinian is proud of the tango. Yet, it's a commonly held belief that Argentina's black minority is so small as to have played no major role in tango's development. Most tangueros agree that African influences were strong in Argentina in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when tango's roots were watered by the candombe societies, resulting in the quickstep milonga that tangueros still dance today, and canyengue, tango's "melting" predecessor. But when it comes to a shaping Afro-Argentine presence, most people say, no: for that, you'll have to go next door, to Uruguay.







    The majority of slaves came from Angola, Congo, and Guinea. However, in the 19th century immigrants from Cape Verde arrived to Argentina. The crew learned that when the enslaved men fought and died on the frontlines in the battles with Paraguay, the Uruguayan women were left alone and so the mixing with Europeans began.


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    Even more than has previously been acknowledged, the origins of tango are black, via Kongo culture imported from Central Africa and Cuba. Tango, "the fabulous dance of the past hundred years," started life as a creole: "the Kongo grind, caught in a waltz-like embrace."

    dances of Central Africa are mostly danced with hips and buttocks. Many Latin dance originating in that region: rumba, samba ...... Besides the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola rumba and samba are traditional music and dance.

    Seduction and sensuality characterize traditional and modern Congolese and Angolan dance. rumba and samba means "navel" and mimic the sexual act between man and woman


    Today, tango is still in Angola and is called Semba, Kizomba or tarraxinha
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    argentin tango






    Angolan tango , semba:


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    Angolan semba


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    Angola



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    I like this poster, Lalia. Nice to bring some substance to Imix.
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    Here are some Cubans dancing Danzon.


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    Quote Originally Posted by optimizm View Post
    Here are some Cubans dancing Danzon.


    nice!!!

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    angolan dance


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    Another dance (with kongo origine)that is found on two continents, but with different name.

    Rebita in Angola:


    Puita in Sao tome and principe




    Mabelo in French West indies



    Batuque de Umbiguada in Brasil

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    good read

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    Quote Originally Posted by sankofaa View Post
    good read
    You know Spanish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by optimizm View Post
    You know Spanish?
    not fluent but can get by, i want to be fluent tho
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    LALIA, it is GOOD to HAVE U BACK...GOOD to SEE those IMIXERS who BROUGHT REAL SUBSTANTIVE INFORMATION to this BACKCHAT back in this FORUM.
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    Thumbs up

    Thanks for this info

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    Juan Carlos Cacérès has been highlighting the Black roots of the tango for some time. I have the first CD below.





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