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Carlos Gardel

The Republic of Argentina distinguishes itself by the innumerable arrival of immigrants, for the most part in Buenos Aires. The great majority of those strangers were from Europe, Italians, French, Spanish, Polish, Germans etc. Many also came from the different countries of the continent of America. The reception of the newcomers was so great that, at one point in the history of Argentina, it became difficult for them to communicate among themselves because they could not learn Spanish fast enough and because there so many languages and dialects spoken in Buenos Aires. Another majority were the Gauchos, Argentineans who arrived from all the points of the country.. All this mixture of entities of different social levels started to create a language that was spoken at that time by the lowest elements of society and later also influenced the tango. Lunfardo in tango opened the door to great composers and many poems about tango started to be written in lunfardo and tango became enriched because of having its own language.

To speak in lunfardo today would be to speak in an unknown language, but in Argentina, particularly in Buenos Aires, many lunfardo words are used such as La Mina, Chabon, Torrar, Marroco, Catrera, Apolillar, Rajar, Taqueria and many more. I can say that lunfardo, in Argentina, never stopped influencing Argentineans. Tango began with an tremendous force, first capturing the lower classes, but later, the middle class and the upper class also felt the attraction of tango, learning to dance in secret, attending milongas far away in hidden places. Tango was and still is an irresistible phenomenon.

Carlos Gardel

Gardel is an Argentinean who revolutionized tango. Even though he was born in France, he grew up in the suburbs of Buenos Aires in the Basto neighborhood. When he was a small child, they nicknamed him Frenchie and he was teased by all the other children. Passing through the streets of Buenos Aires, he would walk by the fruit stands and greet the merchants, laughing and joking with them, singing different tangos, not imagining that he would one day become the embassador of the music of Argentina to the world.

Gardel was known in these areas of street vendors because he frequented the bars and sang there, attended family parties, delighting everyone with his marvelous voice until sunset. Gardel had now become popular. Argentina gave Carlos Gardel the opportunity he needed to become worthy of representing Argentine Tango and presenting it to all the world.

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