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Tanturi: Vocals with Alberto Castillo

Así se baila el tango (1942)
Como se pianta la vida (1942)
Decile que vuelva (1942)
Recuerdo malevo (1941)

I’ve already published a Tanturi/Campos tanda, where I happened to have already translated every song, and now here’s a tanda of Tanturi with Alberto Castillo. Both are excellent, iconic singers and I enjoy both equally, though their styles are distinct.
Some of the Tanturi/Castillo recordings are very high-energy, but this tanda consists of some of their calmer, midtempo offerings, including the classic “Así se baila el tango.” This song, among many others, is one of the reasons I chuckle silently to myself when I hear people (mainly non-Spanish speakers in the U.S.) claim that there is no place in tango for ego or posturing—because there are so many classic tangos and milongas, especially from the Old Guard, whose lyrics are a collection of boasts by a guy who thinks he’s the best dresser, best dancer, and best womanizer in his barrio—or in all Buenos Aires.

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About Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.

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