The birth : from the brothels in Buenos Aires to the beautiful dance halls in Paris
The tango, as a musical genre, was born at the end of the 19th century in Buenos Aires when the city was flourishing, receiving ships full of European immigrants. In those times, the habanera that was played had been born in Cuba but had come out of an European counter-dance as guajira, tango flamenco or fandango… The heirs of the African slaves preserved the drum rhythm in the candombe.
The settlement in this new country, Argentina, gave birth to a musical merger firstly to the fast rhythm of the milonga, and then to the tango. These drums, flutes and guitars were later replaced by the piano, the violin and the bandonion: the three basic instruments of tango. The rhythm was known as 2×4, although it was sometimes played in 4×8.