In the Argentine countryside and in small pockets of Buenos Aires, tango steps aside and loses its dominance in favor of folklore. Folklórica, as the locals call it, is heavily linked with both regional and national identity. There’s the Cuarteto from Cordoba, the Chámame from Corrientes, and the Chacarera from Santiago del Estero. While most rely on guitar, violin, and drums, some styles also use a bandoneón or indigenous Andean instruments such as the quena, or wooden flute, and the charango, or small banjo.
Argentine folk music and dance developed well before the arrival of tango. It mixes the song and dance of indigenous people, colonial settlers from Spain, and African slaves who settled into the newly-formed country during the 17th century.
Unlike tango’s seriousness and nocturnal sensuality, Argentina’s folklore often runs more upbeat, with listeners often cheerfully joining in with clapping or singing. Here are some of the top peñas in Buenos Aires to experience folklore at its best.Read More