Facts about TANGO:
In milongas (tango parties) people usually dance 3 types of traditional dances related to Argentine tango: TANGO, VALS criollo, MILONGA and at some events you can also hear Alternative music / neotango/ electro tango, as well a there is a popular folk dance - Chacarera which DJs play once in a while at a special event.
At the milonga (a tango event where people dance socially) music is played by DJs in tandas. A TANDA is a set of 3 or 4 songs compiled together usually from the same or similar tango orquestras (or matching alternative / neo songs if it is an alternative milonga). There are certain very common ways to combine those songs and a lot of DJs try to do it in their unique way.
Music for MagicTango Students - Playlist >>
(compilation on the MagicTango Youtube Channel)
These compositions are among the most favourite in the tango world and beautiful examples of tango, vals and milonga music.
There are 8 traditional TANDAS in this playlist (3 songs each), as I mentioned at the bootcamp the common structure for a milonga is: T - T - M - T - T - V - T - T (of V can be first and then M... they are usually alternated). At some milongas and especially at the festivals a DJ would play 4 songs in 1 tango tanda and usually 3 for Vals and Milonga. Depending on the community, event or a DJ tandas of 3 or 4 songs might be played as a preferred format.
The DJ usually also includes between tandas extra songs - "cortinas" (= curtains), however I skipped those for this playlist.
At the end of the playlist you can find a special song called "cumparsita" (a song which is played last at most of the milongas, it can be by various orchestras depending on the DJ's choice. Followed by a clip from a famous "tango" movie "Tango Lesson", it is an old film yet worth watching, maybe we can watch it together some day.
And the last song is an alternative tango (which is an electrotango in this case), one of the many possible songs which one can dance tango to.
Alternative / Neotango