Culture of Argentina

Culture of Argentina

This is the 8th posting by us about Argentina’s cultures. Argentina, officially the Argentine Republic is a federal republic located in southeastern South America.

There are two typical music styles in the country, representing two different regions. The tango, at one hand, is more representative of Buenos Aires and became the country’s music symbol abroad. Nowadays, it’s somehow regarded as cult music and has its loyal followers, not being a largely popular style though. And at the other hand, the so-called folklore, which better represents the rest of the country and whose main artists are Mercedes Sosa, Horacio Guarany, Los Nocheros, Soledad, among others. Cuarteto and cumbia are other music styles that were originated in the inner country and are now widely accepted.

Argentina is an important cultural pole, with countless museums and art galleries, besides its vigorous theater community. Their cinema has also been internationally praised and commonly used as a vehicle to disclose the horribleness of the last military dictatorship.

European influences can be found everywhere in the Argentine art, architecture and lifestyle. When it comes to literature, though, a broader cultural mix prevails, which gave birth to internationally known authors such as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Ernesto Sábato, Manuel Puig and Osvaldo Soriano.

Regarding non-traditional styles, there is the good Buenos Aires rock and pop, represented by music icons such as Charly García, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Fito Páez, Gustavo Ceratti (ex Soda Stereo), Diego Torres, among others.

Read more at http://www.mibuenosairesquerido.com/wArgentina3.htm

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