Candombe Tango’s African Flavour

Dance Today - Candombe Tango's African FlavourDec09

Dance Today – Candombe Tango’s African FlavourDec09

A testimony to the African roots of Tango, Candombe’s warm and upbeat rhythm gives an earthy feel to this beautiful dance. It has a drum-based musical style based on Bantu African drumming and first appeared in Uruguay, Montevideo in the 18th century. It was brought to the shores of the Río de la Plata (which translates as River Plate) by Africans who arrived in this Hispanic “New World” as slaves and it’s believed that the Candombe rhythm is the basis for all black dances of the time.

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