Uruguayan tango

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Uruguayan tango is a form of dance that originated in the neighborhoods of Montevideo, Uruguay in the early 20th century in parallel with Argentine tango.[1] It consists of a variety of styles that developed in different regions of Argentina and Uruguay.

The dance is often accompanied by several musical forms such as:

One of the most famous and well-known tango songs is La Cumparsita,[2][3] written by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez in Montevideo in 1919.


Famous Uruguayan tango musicians include:

  • Famous tango singer Carlos Gardel is most closely associated with Argentina where he grew up and became famous, but in 1920 he became a legal citizen of Uruguay. He was born in Toulouse, France, so he held French citizenship automatically, and thus he had been required to register with the French military during World War I. There is no record of his registering, so historians think that he laid a false trail of his birth to avoid trouble with French authorities during an upcoming tour of France. In 1920 he obtained falsified papers saying he was born in 1887 in Tacuarembó, Uruguay; a country that was neutral during the war. Gardel never lived in Uruguay.[4][5][6][7]

Uruguayan tangos[edit]

Famous Uruguayan tangos include:

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  1. ^ Norese, María Rosalía: Contextualization and analysis of tango. Its origins to the emergence of the avant-garde. University of Salamanca, 2002 (restricted online copy, p. 5, at Google Books)
  2. ^ Luis Guzman: La Cumparsita. In Encyclopedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. CRC Press 2000, ISBN 978-0-415-22971-5, p. 462 (restricted online copy, p. 462, at Google Books)
  3. ^ Leslie Bethell: The Cambridge history of Latin America. Cambridge university Press 1995, ISBN 978-0-521-49594-3, p. 361 (restricted online copy, p. 361, at Google Books)
  4. ^ Bocaz, Luis (March 1986). "Tango Time", UNESCO Courier, p. 11.
  5. ^ Collier, Simon (1986). The Life, Music, and Times of Carlos Gardel. University of Pittsburgh Press. p. 5. ISBN 0822984989. 
  6. ^ Barsky, Julián; Barsky, Osvaldo (2004). Gardel: La biografía (in Spanish). Taurus. ISBN 9870400132. 
  7. ^ Ruffinelli, Jorge (2004). La sonrisa de Gardel: Biografía, mito y ficción (in Spanish). Ediciones Trilce. p. 31. ISBN 9974323568. 

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