The Argentinian and Uruguayan tradition of the Tango was developed by the urban lower classes in Buenos Aires and Montevideo in the Rio de la Plata basin. Among this mix of European immigrants to the region, descendents of African slaves known as ”criollos,” a wide range of customs and beliefs were transformed into a distinctive cultural identity. As one of the most recognizable embodiment of that identity, the music, dance and poetry of tango encourages diversity and cultural dialogue. Tango is also woven into celebrations of national heritage in Argentina and Uruguay and reflects the widespread embrace of this popular urban music.
Today, there are many forms of tango, to name but a few:
Tango Oriental Tango liso
Tango Nuevo (New Tango)
Show Tango (also known as fantasia)