Happiness as Anarchy #146: Argentinian folk music

Contrary to popular belief, tango is not a national dance. It is specific to Buenos Aires, and even in the city, not everyone knows how to dance it. Most of the people in my tango classes are Argentinians rather than foreigners. There is a wonderful folk music tradition in Argentina with dancing, called folklórica. It is beautiful and fun, and the very essence of community and connection. This evening I went to a concert of musica litoral (music from the north-eastern provinces) in the cupola at the Centro Cultural Kirchener. The music was beautiful, heartfelt and full of stories, and distinctly Argentinian. Brought to us by three lovely musicians, with a guest appearance by the accordionist’s father, dressed in traditional costume. A delightful Monday night treat!

By Amie Brûlée

Amie Brûlée is a musician, performer, teacher and researcher. She sings, plays piano, double bass and ukulele, unearths old songs and writes new ones. Amie also has a PhD in wine and anthropology and adores teaching wine tasting, gastronomy and song-writing. Amie lives in central Victoria with a house full of instruments, a head full of songs and a cellar full of wine.

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