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The Latin Roots Live! concert series is inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly radio series on World Cafe® hosted by David Dye, which explores the vast variety of music from Spanish-speaking countries and people, from cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock, reggaeton, and more. Latin Roots on World Cafe is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. Latin Roots Live! is produced in partnership with Afrotaino and Raices Culturales and made possible by the William Penn Foundation

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Latin Roots #13: Ernesto Lechner on Tango - June 28, 2012

For World Cafe's thirteenth episode of Latin Roots, Latin music aficionado Ernesto Lechner chats about tango. Lechner was born and raised in Beunos Aires, the birthplace of tango. He was first fully immersed in Latin music after moving to Los Angeles and has since written several books on the subject, including Rock en Espanol: The Latin Alternative Rock Explosion. Lechner also co-hosts the radio show Latin Alternative and is a contributing writer for Rolling Stone, Chicago Tribune, and L.A. Times.

Instantly recognizable for its predominant use of the bandoneon, an accordion-like instrument, and its striking syncopation, tango blossomed in Argentina and Uruguay in the mid-19th century. Like salsa, early tango involved both formalistic music and dance. Perhaps because of this, Lechner feels that the genre was not considered cool growing up in Argentina in the 70's. However, innovators like Astor Piazzolla adapted the style and introduced jazz and classical influences. Lechner also talks about tango's current revitalization, due to the influences of electronic on the genre. The Paris-based Gotan project pioneered electrotango, which may explain renewed interest in the style in Argentina. State-sponsored milongas, or tango-dancing events, are increasingly popular with Argentine youth.
  • Show Tracks:
    • Carlos Gardel / EL DIA QUE ME QUIERES /The Best of Carlos Gardel
    • Gotan Project/ DIFERENTE /Lunático
  • Listen to the Playlist:
  • Playlist Tracks:
    • Juan D'Arienzo – La cumparsita
    • Carlos Gardel – El Día Que Me Quieras
    • Tita Merello – Hotel Victoria
    • Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica – Bahía Blanca - Instrumental
    • Anibal Troilo – Malena
    • Julio Sosa – Pa Que Sepan Como Soy
    • Astor Piazzolla – Adios Nonino
    • Gotan Project – Diferente
    • Néstor Marconi – Sobre Imágenes
    • Los Del Zaguán – Azul Melancolía


Latin Roots is made possible by a grant from the Wyncote Foundation.

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