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Argentina Music

The music in Argentina is present in every place, Argentina has a large musical tradition that goes back almost five hundred years ago. The music is result of a mixture of the influence of the Native Argentineans traditions and the influences ofimmigrants cultures, this influence is not only Spanish.

Argentina is a melting pot of numerous European migrants, such as people from Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, Poland, Austria. The influence of the Creoles is important also, they brought the first rhythms of which would be called Zamba.

Argentina has a wide variety of music and dance styles, the best-known is the Tango (in addition, the Bandoneon, essential instrument in Tango, is one of the most popular musical instrument in Argentina). In Folklore we have countless music styles like: Baguala, Candombe, Carnavalito, Chacarera, Chamamé, Cueca, Guaracha santiagueña, Huayno, Milonga, Yarabí, Zamba and many others. Another music styles are Murga, Cumbia Villera, Pop, Rock and Classical Music.


Folk music is vast in Argentina, is more popular in the interior side of the country, where bagualas, candome, carnavalitos, chamamés, chacareras, cuecas, huaynos, milongas, payadas, tristecitos, vidalas, yaravies, zambas has a large number of followers.

Performing artists such as Atahualpa Yupanqui, Ariel Ramirez, Jaime Torres (an excellent charango player), Mercedes Sosa, and groups like Los Chalchaleros have obtained national and international recognition.

Nueva Cancion

The Folklore is closely related to the Nueva Cancion (New Song Movement), the Nueva Cancion, also called "Nueva Trova" are essentially protest or social songs which lyrics talk about political themes, democracy, human rights, poverty and justice. Most songs are performed using guitar, quena, zampoña, charango and/or Peruvian cajón. The greatest Atahualpa Yupanqui (22 January 1908 - 23 May 1992) and Mercedes Sosa are considered the most representative figures of Nueva Cancion. Leon Gieco who introduced folklore to millions of Argentines combining Argentine rock with folklore is another lead exponent of this kind of music.


This folk and dance music is accompanied by Spanish guitar and a bombo (a kind of drum of Argentina), sometimes is used violin and accordion, The word chacarera comes from the word Chacra (Farm). Is played and danced in many rural areas of the country, specially in Santiago del Estero, Catamarca, Jujuy, Salta and Tucumán provinces. The most representative Chacarera performers are Los Chalchaleros and the Carabajal Family (Carlos Carabajal, Rosana Carabajal and Peteco Carabajal)


Played principally on bandoneón and guitar, Chamamé is one of the most popular musical genres. Originated in the late 19th century in the northeast region of Corrientes in Argentina. This is a region with many settlers from Europe, these people brought their musical styles (polkas, mazurkas, waltzes) which combined with Aborigine and African influences originated Chamamé.

The 20th century saw the increase in popularity for Chamamé, Raúl Barboza became very popular at this time. Currently, the musician Horacio "Chango" Spasiuk, of Ukrainian roots, has brought back the chamamé music to younger generations.

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