Meet Argentina

The Arts and Culture in Argentina

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Argentina has combined the strong European ties with the Amerindian, the African and the Gaucho influences to create a very unique culture. It is a very much European culture that has evolved over time into the one found today. The music in Argentina is famed for the Tango. This was created in the port area of Buenos Aires as numerous European sailors visit the bar and brothels. The sailors came from a variety of different countries and their music, plus South American influences ended up into being fused into the tango music.

The spectacular dance the Tango

The music is accompanied by the tango dance. This is a mixture of the Cuban habanera, the milonga and the candombe, and is strongly influenced by the African community of Buenos Aires. The mixture of the different cultures into the music and the dance, has led to it being called “the music of the immigrants”. Another popular form of Argentinian music is rock. Originally the younger generations of the country listened to the groups that were emerging in the United States and also in many parts of Europe. This was especially the case in the 1960s and 1970s.

Over time the country has started to produce their own rock musicians. They are very popular in Argentina as they sing their songs in Spanish. One of the biggest break through bands was Vox Dei who came from Quilmes and in the late 1970s played covers of the music being played by the British Rock bands. In the 1970s they decided to change direction and starting to write and record their songs in Spanish. They released 10 albums in the 1970s and their music was a huge success. They had now opened the way for bands to play Argentinian Rock and today the rock scene in the country with many groups playing different genres of the music.

As well as the country’s music flourishing so has its literature. As early as the 19th century writers such as Jose Esteban Antonio Echeverria excelled in fiction and poetry. Another member of the modernist movement was the Argentinian poet Alfonsina Storni who wrote mainly at the start of the 20th century. Jorge Luis Borges was one of the country’s most accomplished writers and the way he was able to look at the modern world at the start of the 20th century was a result of his travel he had taken around Europe. His most famous works were his short stories such as Ficciones and Aleph. Today many of the country’s writers are being read throughout the country and all across the Americas.

The popular rock band Vox Dei

Buenos Aires has some of the best theatres in the world to go and watch theatrical performances. The area around Corrientes Avenur is the city’s version of London’s West End. As well as having the amazing Teatro Colon there is also the Teatro General San Martin and Cervantes. The country boasts several prominent playwrights which include Roberto Cossa and Marco Denevi. Plays have been performed in the capital city since 1786 and the recent success of the Teatro Theatre has resulted in more funding being directed towards Argentinian Theatre.

Many of Argentina’s major cities are famed for the beauty of their architectural design. They tend to reflect the Spanish Boroque architecture and many of the country’s own architects have later designed buildings in a similar style that maintains the appealing nature of these inner city areas. There has also been influences from Beaux-Arts and the Art Nouveau and this has simply added the beauty of the cities. The arts are flourishing in the country. The Argentinian people are proud of them and they are more than happy to support the continuing progress that these creative activities are bringing into the country.

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