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At the end of 19th century the Argentine port of Buenos-Aires was extremely popular with emigrants. They left Europe for a better life in Argentina. They brought with them different musical instruments, such as violins, guitars, flutes as well as musical traditions of their native countries.  

So it was in Buenos Aires that different cultures and music styles blended together into a new dance called tango. At first it was cheerful and light, sometimes even vulgar and was considered the music and dance of the underprivileged a long while. The middle and upper classes did not accept it. In those days one danced tango in taverns, courtyards of the tenement blocks, in brothels and simply in the streets of the poorest districts of the city.
At the beginning of 20th century the bandoneon, an instrument which sounded like the organ, showed up among other tango instruments. It added a note of dramatics into the tango music. The bandoneon made tango slower and brought a new tone of intimacy into it.
In the 1920's when Argentina was in the grip of economic crisis a huge number of people lost their work and melancholy filled the air of Buenos Aires. It should be noted that at that time the overwhelming majority of those who lived in Buenos Aires were men (portenos). They say that a young woman had the opportunity to choose from two dozens of male candidates! This made men of Buenos Aires feel lonely. For this reason tango lyrics has always been dictated by man's longing for a woman. It was just a few minutes that a porteno could be close to a woman. It happened when he held her in his arms dancing tango.
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