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Tangos de Mi Novia (Flamenco Guitar)

Updated: Jul 10

Tangos de Mi Novia (tangos). Composed and performed by Son de la Frontera.

According to musicologists like Faustino Nuñez, Guillermo Castro, and others, the flamenco tango has its rhythmic origins most likely in West Africa. Research points to early 18th century Santiago de Cuba as the probable starting point for variations of the original West African rhythm that lead to the creation of an Afro-Cuban style of music called the "tango Congo." This rhythm spread quickly throughout the Americans and Europe, and in Cádiz, Spain, musicians varied this rhythm in the early 1900s to create the pre-flamenco tanguillos. (You may remember a Zapateado video I posted recently where I mention this rhythm). The tanguillo was then "flamenco-ized" into the tientos which were later varied to create the flamenco tangos. Here is one of my favorite instrumental versions of a flamenco tango which includes a Cuban trés (Raul Rodriguez). It's easy to hear the Cuban influence of the tango-Congo in the flamenco tango with the inclusion of the trés.


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