Argentina by Nigel Hicks, Linda Whitwam

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I n t r o d u C I n g 28 A r g e n t I n A Music and Dance Rock nacional, pop, and tango dominate in the country’s capital and other urban areas, where middle-class Argentinians stress their fondness for these genres, while cumbia and other Latin rhythms are popular among the working classes. Folk music, known in Castellano as folklore, enjoys greater popularity in rural parts. Chacarera and zamba, both dance and musical forms, are popular in the Pampas and Andean high plains respectively, while from the Mesopotamian provinces comes the lively fusion of chamame.

His compositions revolu­ tionized traditional tango by adding elements of modern jazz. Juan Carlos Copes is widely recognized as the greatest dancer of the modern age. He is famed for his performances in the 1980s show Tango Argentino. I n t r o d u C I n g 28 A r g e n t I n A Music and Dance Rock nacional, pop, and tango dominate in the country’s capital and other urban areas, where middle-class Argentinians stress their fondness for these genres, while cumbia and other Latin rhythms are popular among the working classes.

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