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They brought their love for music and singing, and they were skilful with musical instruments. With the growth in population the Bordellos increased in number and they offered Tango as a form of entertainment as well.

How Immigration affected Tango


  • Immigration had an important effect in Tango

Italians

3.000.0000 Italians arrived and stayed in Argentina between 1857 and 1947. More than 50% were forced to stay around Buenos Aires.

They brought their love for music and singing, and they were skilful with musical instruments. With the growth in population the Bordellos increased in number and they offered Tango as a form of entertainment as well.

Spaniards

The Spanish immigration also brought songs and dances. One of the most important one is the "tanguillo“, a form of habanera that went first from Cadiz to Madrid, and then to Buenos Aires. Another one was the Flamenco, which was not only imported but also mixed with sevillanas, malaguenas and rondelas.

Jews

The main contribution of the Jews was the way their players and they provided a long list of great or virtuoso instrumentalists, mainly in violin, piano and bandoneon. They also had an important role as lyricists, some of them who wrote the words for the most beautiful and famous tangos. Some of the best orchestra conductors, musical arrangers, composers and singers were also Jewish.

French

Many musicians visited Paris (CANARO, GOBBI), and while playing there they introduced their own compositions. Victor Records invited them to record the music, and they also trained people on how to the dance tango in dancing studios and schools. French society embraced the exotic Tango and by 1911 it was already the favourite dance. 


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