Why is it not in the public domain?

by Ioan Sameli Entering a new year, it can be wise to give thought to how things could have been. Most of the world follows the USA when it comes to copyright laws, and they keep extending the copyright terms again and again. Which makes very little sense from a society stand point. Extending the copyright on the 1930s recordings of Juan D’Arienzo isn’t exactly making him pour out new hit records every month… [Read More]

Champagne tango

by Simba tango The Argentines have this thing about champagne. Not usually the real thing, but their own version. Which is actually quite good, and of course much cheaper. Going shopping in our closest super market makes this very clear, they have coolers, a fridge with pre cooled ‘champan’ (as they like to call it), rows and rows of different brands and special promotions: Buy this and that and get half a bottle for free! [Read More]

Buenos Aires Street Art

BsAs stencil art Pugliese by Simba tango, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License by  Simba tango

I thought I’d share some photos from the streets of Buenos Aires where there you can often see the kind of graffitti made with stencils. Among the motifs I’ve encountered are tango in the incarnation of Osvaldo Pugliese and a new electrotango band called tranxgo,  football icon Maradona, not so subtle drug references and lots of other stuff.

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Cachafaz alfajores

Did you ever get the alfajores of Havanna in Buenos Aires recommended? And they did not live up to your expectations? Well, maybe I can tell you why. First, an alfajor is a sort of biscuit or cookie, normally two layers with dulce de leche in between. They exist in different varieties, the main ones are the ones covered with chocolate, and the ones of maizena (of which I prefer the latter). [Read More]

Inside the digital archive

by Erica_Marshall After Ignacio Varchausky gave his musicality seminar at theCasa de tango here in Buenos Aires, where the TangoVía project resides, he was kind to show us around the premises and demonstrate the current state of the digital archive. They have a very nice set of equipment, he showed us the machine they use to clean the discs properly before doing the transfers, the different turntables for different kinds of discs, amplifiers and ADC as well as tape equipment. [Read More]

What to listen for in tango

by ~Oryctes~ Knowing what to listen for can greatly improve how much you appreciate music. I had the opportunity to attend a workshop with Ignacio Varchausky on listening to tango music. It was very interesting, and it turned out that it corresponded with a post I was planning to write as soon as I got back to my copy of Aaron Copland’s What to listen for in music. [Read More]

El Tangauta interviews Chicho

Another interesting interview with Chicho, and he elaborates on some of the same things as in theprevious interview. [The] milongueros had respect, delicacy and sensibility, it was totally different. I know my role is contradictory, because I also collaborated in generating this young movement. In its moment I got tired of the strict milonguero codes that didn’t correspond with my time and to rebel I tried to make my way. Today I’m a milonguero again (laughter); I’m against the people who do not cabecear (nod), who don’t have codes or respect. [Read More]

Treating the symptoms

by Dradd. I had a laugh when I read this part by MovementInvitesMovement. In their wonderful, provocative style, they wrote an entire post about something that I hinted at in a comment in my post about clothes and tango. Some hard core dancers would say that if it gets too warm with the jacket on, you are waisting energy ![;-)](http://simbatango.com/blog/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif) When my beloved wife read that, her immediate reaction was: hard core dancers? [Read More]

Not so easy

by Simba tango A teacher and his former student, on his first trip to Buenos Aires, run into each other outside La Glorieta and starts to chat. Suddenly the student bursts out: **A:** (about the music) This is milonga, right? **S: **No, this is tango. The conversation is drawing to an end, as the teacher is heading home. They talk for another minute, until the next song of the tanda starts and the student is eager to dance more: [Read More]

Hola Papa Noel...

Did you check your list twice? This is old, but I saved it for Christmas time. Not really related to tango, except we were introduced to it by tango people. In spring. My wife’s pregnancy was just becoming official, and the unborn baby instantly earned his first nickname: Jorgito. –But don’t name him Jorgito, that’s not nice.