Tango is a distinctly urban musical expression that emerged in the late nineteenth century in the suburbs of Montevideo and Buenos Aires. The genus includes music, song and Elbaile, and represents one of the most original and genuine Rio de la Plata cultural events. In the beginning it was only played flute, guitar and violin. The introduction of the bandoneon not occur until the early twentieth century, with the emergence of the “sextet” or “tango orchestra” made up of piano, two accordions, two violins and bass; The song appeared between 1910 and 1920.
In 1916, Gerardo Matos Rodríguez wrote La Cumparsita, an issue would be declared “popular anthem of Uruguay and cultural” by the Uruguayan Parliament in 1997.
In Montevideo the rise of tango was lived between 1930 and 1960, which highlighted performers and composers as Gerardo Matos Rodríguez, Pintín Castellanos, José Razzano, José María Aguilar, Julio Sosa, Nina Miranda and Francisco Canaro, among others, and conductors such as Francisco Canaro, César Zagnoli Donato Racciatti
In 1954, conceived by Horacio Ferrer, Jorge Seijo and Rodolfo Rodríguez Lourido, the Club of the New Guard, which developed over 20 years a fruitful outreach and assessment tango.12 In the mid 1970s the tango orchestras arises and were not present in the mass dances, but also maintained their activity, such as Racciatti Donato, Jorge Cirino, Villasboas Miguel, Manolo Guardia, among others.
The tango was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009.
In the heart of Old Montevideo you can enjoy a dinner show with a major musical and choreographic display of candombe, tango, milonga and folklore.
Information about tango shows in Uruguay.
Bar “El Farolito”
It’s in a nice place in the old city, Juncal 1413, almost Rincón. Warmly decorated. Walls with exposed brick, painted in very pleasing colors. Iron tables. An intimate but dim lighting. Good pictures or paintings of Tango. The track is comfortable, there is good sound and good tangos. People will know how to dance, but not intimidating, freedom and undeniable warmth. The kitchen is good and cheap. Phone 916 54 11 There milonga every Friday and Saturday. From the most advisable de Montevideo.
Lo de Margot
The central theme of Tango is the time that passes and does not return. Your Margot no such nostalgia. The corners and the yellowish light of old, but with many young people and friends. A place that has charm and warmth. Absolutely typical, the best example of deep Montevideo that still exists somewhere. To drive, the irreplaceable figure of Margot. A place that all Europeans would like to find out when they reach the Río de la Plata. Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Also on Sunday afternoon after 18 hours. It’s in the 1812 Constituent Street Phone: 410 62 30 There have poster, climb the ladder.
It is a place for tourists, not for tango. A formula with varying success cultivated from the Moulin Rouge in Paris until canteens Boca in Buenos Aires. The program is assembled around a dinner show, which costs fifty dollars a person. Open Monday to Saturday; the show includes tango, folklore and candombe. You have to call to reserve places. Cabot left in 1810 and the phones are: 929 924 85 May 94 and 05.
A bar that is in the history of Tango in Montevideo. Here, in 1933, he sang one Carlos Gardel. This place is always packed. It has a very diverse audience. The place to dance there, but someone always tries, in some crack. Has a chaotic atmosphere. It seems difficult, however, to leave without visiting Montevideo. There tango performances Wednesday through Sunday nights. It is in Ciudadela 1229 Phone: 915 8005.
It is the most comfortable to dance tango in Montevideo. It has taken the model of most milongas of Buenos Aires. It’s in a nice local Hungarian Club, which has several mirrors along the track. It’s in the 2631 Garibaldi Street every Thursday from 23 pm there milonga with many young people. Something snob and very coded. It is a place to go with friends. If you go can only feel some coldness and distance.
A central institution in promoting tango in Uruguay. He is currently on the market of Abundance, Calle San Jose and Aquiles Lanza. There is entertainment and dancing every Saturday. There is also milonga on Sunday night. Tel: 901 55 61.
Café Las Musas
Literary Café and tango. It is the place for dancing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10-2. It had two tracks, something small, wooden floor. Recently expanded local spaces and wider track added another. They offer drinks and bites. The place is very nice with candles on the tables. Different styles of tango dancing. It is located at 1120 Canelones almost Paraguay.
Vieja Viola (Ex-Chiqué)
The best track Montevideo. Open Saturdays and is very successful. Probably the favorite of the milonga. There is good music, a live tango band and great warmth of home owners. Always good dancers are nesting place. It is located at 1639 Paysandú almost Mines.
Every Friday at 21:30 there is dancing and roast. Always directed by Julio Melo (the street Garufa Paysandú pioneered between montevideanas milongas, ten years ago). Carlos Gardel remains 967, phone 908 8477.