Tango music had to wait over 100 years to achieve the acceptance and respectability that it now enjoys . It was considered popular, but not respectable music.
This an irony as it has been intimately related to the socioeconomic and political upheavals of Buenos AiresArgentina over the past century.
Tango music was first related to its social identification; then, to the segment of society that listened to this music; and finally, to the origins and location of where it was played. Tango was a real phenomenon created by the convergence of several musical styles brought to Argentina by several European immigrant mixtures. These included the tunes and rhythm of black slaves previously present in the Argentina.
Tango music has always depicted melancholy, sadness, and an introverted dance that encompasses all the attributes of the society: frustration, unhappiness, nostalgia, sadness, resentment, the inability to adjust, etc.
Tango was offered as an entertainment for patrons before or after a sexual encounter. It is that intimate contact of two bodies almost plastered together that gives tango not only an erotic quality but also shows the power and domination over the woman which used to be a characteristic of the machismo that prevailed in Argentina in the past.