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Tangos del Arco Bajo (Flamenco Guitar)

Updated: Jul 16, 2023


Tangos del Arco Bajo (tangos). Composed and performed by Vicente Amigo.

According to musicologists (e.g., Faustino Nuñez, Guillermo Castro, etc.), 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 an incredible instrumental version by Vicente Amigo.


 

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