Rough Guide to the Music of Argentina
Rough Guide to the Music of Argentina by World Music Network at Your Free Album. MPN: RGNET 1119. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Argentina is synonymous with its global music export, the tango. Born as an expression of the country's working classes in the brothels and bars of late nineteenth century Buenos Aires, this sensual and highly popular dance swept the world. However, the tango is just one of Argentina's vast musical treasures explored on this album. Over the years, Spanish stringed instruments and African rhythms have been incorporated into the array of indigenous styles, adding to the country's diverse musical o
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Argentina is synonymous with its global music export, the tango. Born as an expression of the country's working classes in the brothels and bars of late nineteenth century Buenos Aires, this sensual and highly popular dance swept the world. However, the tango is just one of Argentina's vast musical treasures explored on this album. Over the years, Spanish stringed instruments and African rhythms have been incorporated into the array of indigenous styles, adding to the country's diverse musical outpourings. The Rough Guide To The Music Of Argentina explores this rich musical region, home to countless Andean folk styles, travelling through tango, milonga, chacarera and chamamÃ©. Artists include: Adriana Varela, La Chicana, Lorena Astudillo, Hugo Diaz, Caceres, Osvaldo Piro, Roberto Grela, Walter Rios Orquesta, Barbara Luna, Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla Y Su Quinteto Tango Nuevo, Anibal Troilo, Cuarteto Almagro, Jaime Torres, Beatriz Pichi Malen, Domingo Cura, Antonio Agri & Ricardo Dominguez, Alberto Rojo and Chango Spasiuk This Rough Guide's kaleidoscopic musical tour of Argentina begins, appropriately enough, with the husky voice of Adriana Varela--the undisputed queen of contemporary tango. The tango pioneers of the past are also celebrated throughout the disc, from legendary crooner Carlos Gardel ("Tortazos") and bandoneon wizard Anibal Troilo ("El Motivo") to the genre's melancholy innovator Astor Piazzolla (a tense, slightly neurotic live version of "Verano Porteno"). Fortunately, compiler Dan Rosenberg understands that there's much more to this huge South American nation than just tango--devoting a number of tracks to quintessentially Argentine song formats such as the earthy chacarera (with its rustic percussion breaks) and the festive chamame (marked by soulful accordion licks). At its best, the collection showcases lesser- known but equally noteworthy artists such as the exuberant folk group La Chicana and experimental accordion player Chango Spasiuk. A pity that Argentina's substantial contribution to the rock en espanol genre is altogether absent from this otherwise excellent compilation. --Ernesto Lechner
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