Essay about The Most Known Music Tradition

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The most known music tradition in Uruguay is the tango. Tango is very prominent in many South American countries and it is unknown of the origin of tango; the origin is from either Argentina or Uruguay. Tango was influenced by African and European immigrants, many African slaves brought this music with them to Uruguay. Tango was once the music for the poor immigrants in the slums; it was considered “dirty” and inappropriate for the upper-class citizens. Originally, women were not allowed to dance to tango, so men would dance with other men to practice. Starting in the 1920’s was when society changed and tango became socially acceptable instead of dirty. Today, when people think of tango, beautiful women, elegant dancers, and swift moving dancers come to mind. Tango started in the destitute area’s but quickly became well known all throughout Uruguay, and eventually grew to other countries as well.
Since Argentina and Uruguay both believed that they invented tango, these countries wanted it to become an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The group of twenty-four people from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted and agreed upon making tango an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Now, the culture of the music is protected through the UNESCO. Tango is usually composed of a handful of instruments: violin, flute, guitar, bandoneon, and voice. Many common songs are created with an ensemble called orquesta típica; in this…

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