Perhaps no Latin American country is as proud of their European heritage as Argentina, which is why the country’s African influence can be a touchy subject. But the fact of the matter is that the great port of Buenos Aires and other provinces of Argentina had a well-documented African presence that even surpassed 50 percent of the population during the 19th century. So it’s no surprise that Argentina’s most enduring and globally recognized cultural expression is actually deeply rooted in the Afro-Argentine tradition. Of course, we’re talking about tango.
In the meantime, the film’s trailer gives us a dose of tango with a markedly rumba edge, as we see Afro-Rioplatenses gettin’ down. Incorporating live concert footage, interviews, and archival material, we can expect Tango Negro to be an invaluable addition to the re-examination of our broader Latino cultural heritage and the many transatlantic connections that make us who we are.
Written by Andrew S. Vargas