Creole Tango, Buenos Aires 1903

This photo, taken during the era of Creole Tango, in Buenos Aires in 1903, shows two men practicing tango together.

In Argentina, the term “Creole” (“Criollo” in Spanish – pronounced cree-oh-zho) was historically used to describe a segment of the working class poor population with roots in the country. These individuals often a blend of Spanish and African heritage. Originally, this term carried a negative connotation, implying that these Argentines had become so entrenched in the country’s culture that they had adopted a more rustic and uncivilized lifestyle of the rural countryside.

It’s essential to note that Creoles had a profound and almost mythical influence on the development of tango music. Carlos Gardel, in particular, was renowned for his repertoire of rural Creole music, which encompassed various styles, including: milonga, vals criollo, estilo, cifra, triunfo, cielito, and zamba.