Tango's Reterritorialization in Medellín: Gardel's Myth and the Construction of a tanguero Local Identity

Santamaría-Delgado, Carolina
January 2009
Musical Quarterly;Jan2009, Vol. 92 Issue 3/4, p177
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the growth of the tango, a popular-music genre, in Medellín, Colombia. It states that the instrumental tango became part of Colombia in 1910s, and it played an important part in the construction of the local porteño identity. It highlights different theories on how tango music reached Colombia. It describes how in 1917, local singer Carlos Gardel performed and recorded the first tango-song, "Mi noche triste" (My sad night). It discusses how the company, RCA Victor, asked Colombians writer to compose tango songs for commercial purposes. It also describes how Gardel's death led to the popularity of the place as well as of the tango-song.


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