La Cumparsita

2009 July 5
La Cumparsita en Niño Bien by Simba tango, on Flickr
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Niño Bien has always been one of my favorite milongas, and when I found the picture I used for illustration of my post on organizing a milonga, I was reminded that, unlike the photographer, I have never been there early, before the milonga really starts. For some reason, we always arrive late..

…and possibly stay late. Although not often so late as to hear the dj put on La Cumparsita, the tango often used to round off the night at Buenos Aires milongas. At Niño Bien, Mario Orlando was playing and like he usually does, played energetic tangos towards the end of the night, to squeeze out the last drop of the guests before they head home.

On came a cumparsita so powerful and energetic I had never heard before. While the waiters were cleaning the tables, new waves of energy were bursting over the dance floor, the different instruments taking turns in leading on the next heave.

What a night!
What an ending!
What a cumparsita!

On our way out, we stopped by to ask Mario which orchestra he played last. It was Donato Racciatti. Guess who went right to Zival’s the next day?

It will never be the same as this first time though.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 July 8

    Nino Bien was my favorite too, and also my first milonga in BsAs for the first time. I went a few times before the milonga starting and sat till the end. I remembered I didn’t dance much. Just sat there, watched people dancing and listened to Mario’s tandas. I loved the way he opened the milonga with a La Cumparsita and ended the milonga with another one. The cortina was the same all the time, but it was so Nino Bien.

    But I was told that the quality of dancers had gone down a few notches.

    And thanks for the mention of Donato Racciatti. Now I need to look for his music. ☺

  2. 2009 July 8

    I like it, that La Cumparsita from Donato Racciatti. And the TU CORAZON with Nina Miranda have a few good pieces as well. 🙂

  3. 2009 July 9

    Glad you liked it! Listening to ‘Tu corazón’ right now 🙂 I never knew he started the milonga with La Cumparsita as well, learning something every day…

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