Tuesday, June 24, 2008

It Takes Two To Tango in Medellin Festival

Tango in Medellin, Colombia

Thirty artist from various countries, six orchestras from Argentina and Chile, as well and many professional tango dancers from around the world travel to Medellin to commemorate the inmortal Carlos Gardel.

For the second time the International Tango Festival in Medellin attracts musicians, singers, dancers, celebrated artists, not just from Medellin, but from countries around the world.

Carlos Gardel - El carretero

June 24, 2008 will commemorate the 73 year of the death of Carlos Gardel.

Carlos Gardel was perhaps the most prominent figure in the history of tango. Although his birthplace is in doubt, Argentina was his home from childhood, and he acquired Argentine citizenship in 1923. He died in an airplane crash in Medellin at the height of his career, creating the image of a tragic hero throughout Latin America. For many, Gardel embodies the soul of the tango style that sprang from the barrios of Buenos Aires and Montevideo at the end of the 19th century. He is commonly referred as "Carlitos", "The King of Tango" and ironically "El Mudo" (The Mute).

Milonga en "El Último Café" in El Poblado nieghborhood

The unerring musicality and dramatic phrasing of Gardel's baritone voice made miniature masterpieces of his hundreds of three-minute tango recordings. Together with lyricist and long-time collaborator Alfredo Le Pera, Gardel wrote several classic tangos, notably: Mi Buenos Aires querido, Cuesta abajo, Amores de estudiante, Soledad, Volver, Por una cabeza and El día que me quieras.

Augusto Giraldo y Bibiana Gil show us their skills

Tango is a musical genre and its associated dance forms that originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Montevideo, Uruguay and spread to the rest of the world soon after that.

Early tango was known as tango criollo, or simply tango. Today, there are many tango dance styles, including Argentine Tango, Uruguayan Tango, Ballroom tango (American and International styles), Finnish tango and vintage tangos. What many consider to be the authentic tango is that closest to that originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay, though other types of tango have developed into mature dances in their own right.

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