Oxfam Thinks Tango

Think Global: Tango
Various Artists

Think Global: Tango (World Music Network, 2007)

British NGO Oxfam and World Music Network joined forces on Think Global Tango to show some of the best known name sin current Tango music. Not all the new tango stars are here, but the CD covers some of the different styles and trends created by some great musicians living in Argentina and also expatriates.

Tango begins with the distinctive voice of poet Melingo. From there, the CD ventures into instrumental sounds featuring the bandoneón and guitar duo of Osvaldo Montes and Anibal Arias.

Juan Carlos Cáceres is categorized as tango negro (black tango).  I’m not sure if that style really exists. In reality, it is a mix of tango with Uruguayan candombe (Afro Uruguayan music).


One of the most beautiful styles is the one practiced by Quinteto Suárez Paz. It derives a lot of its music from the Piazzolla School of tango, combing traditional music with classical music forms.

For a completely different aspect, Otros Aires combines samples and electronic beats, creating a funky danceable sound.

The CD continues with several more traditional performers such as Hugo Diaz, Horacio Molina and 34 Puñaladas, as well as Carlos Libedinsky, a member of Gotan Project. After that, Gustavo Beytelmann provides a solo piano version of tango.

Jaleo Real, from Barcelona,  mixes rumba with tango. The liner notes make the assertion that Barcelona is "Europe’s undisputed capital of fusion music" and the band is an example of that sound. Barcelona may have had some brief moments of glory after the Olympics, but the true melting pot is in Madrid, not in provincial Barcelona.

Electronic tango returns with the easy listening sound of Tanghetto, the disco beats of Electronic Tango Group, and the edgy sound of Altertango.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.