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African Influences in Tango | Noche de Tango

Kate Stanworth

From June 2020:  

On this episode of Noche de Tango, host Charles Olivier explores and honors the influence African slaves and immigrants had on the origins of Tango to how it has manifested in a contemporary context today.

En este episodio de Noche de Tango, el presentador Charles Olivier explora y honra la influencia que los esclavos e inmigrantes africanos tuvieron en los orígenes del Tango hasta cómo se ha manifestado en un contexto contemporáneo hoy.

Prologue: In memoriam George Floyd

  • Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
  • Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round - The Freedom Singers
  • A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

Tanda 1 - Orquesta de Julio de Caro

  • Milonga de mi flor
  • Milonga de Montserret
  • Milonga Gris
  • Morena del 900

Tanda 2 - Orquesta de Pedro Laurenz

  • Milongas de mis amores
  • Milonga compadre
  • Milonga de mi flor
  • Improvisando
  • La vida es una milonga

Tanda 3 - Orquesta Tipica Osvaldo Pugliese

  • Bien milonga
  • Cuando llora la milonga
  • Milonga de mi tierra
  • Milonga soldado
  • El Africano

Tanda 4 - Murga 

  • Murga del amanecer
  • Murga sismica
Charles Olivier is currently director of the Texas Tech University Tango Orchestra and the co-director of the Lubbock ISD All-District Tango Orchestra, whose purpose is to educate high school students about tango music, culture, and performance. Charles’ extensive work with the group was recognized by Texas Tech University with the President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award. As a performer, he is a founding member of Tango Llaneros. Charles has attended the Reed College Tango Institute, Cuarteto Tanguero Summer Workshop, and has been a key speaker about tango for the Osher Life Long Learning Institute. Charles attended Texas Tech University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, a Certificate of World Music in Tango Performance, and recently a Master's in Ethnomusicology.