Tuesday, May 7, 2019

"Danceable Tangos of the Year" as a Youtube playlist

I realized that it's relatively straightforward to create a (downsampled quality) Youtube playlist from the episodes of "Danceable Tangos of the Year". It may contain advertisements served by Youtube, but if this is your preferred format.. enjoy!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

New language localizations & more..

Argentine Tango Radio is now available in four additional language localizations: Greek, Italian, Serbian, and Turkish! Thanks to the translation help of Nina, Giulia, Maša, Anastasija, and Gizem, the number of language localizations is in the double digits now!

I also implemented some long-overdue under-the-hood changes - replaced some broken embedded objects and moved the site under https. For the latter I needed to enlist the help of Cloudflare, which has its up-and-downsides; I still don't know what to do with certain broken link-redirections and site certificate issues, but hopefully can get around them soon.

Enjoy the new-old Argentine Tango Radio website!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Argentine tango shoes, tango shoe brands

Here is a list of tango shoe brands in no particular order (except that those I've heard more about are in general on the top - and the brands are grouped by country of origin). The list omits manufacturers that only cater to "latin" dances in general but not to tango in particular, and also resellers who do not produce a brand themselves. Thanks for the help of danceforums.com contributors to make it more complete!

Comme il Faut
Neo Tango
Calzados Artesanal / Artesanal
Soy Porteña
2x4 al pie
Fabio Shoes
La Vikinga
P.H. Tango
Victorio Shoes
Loló Gerard
Mala Yunta
Anna León

Madam Pivot
Nada Mas
La Rosa del Tango
Officina Tanguera
Tango Leike
Nueva Epoca (Werner Kern)

Concordance shoes
Eye Dance


Salome Hussar
Ace Shoes

Mono Shoes

Tango Cefiro


Mr Tango


Yuyo Brujo
Vida Mia/Vidadance

Robin Tara

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Argentine Tango Radio: 2018 in numbers

Although I recently moved to London, ArgentineTangoRadio.com keeps humming and in December 2018 more than half million tango lovers tuned in!

During the third full calendar year of Argentine Tango Radio we reached almost five million listeners, 60 percent increase compared with 2017. The podcast version of "Danceable Tangos of the Year", our weakly programming on the radio, is still the most listened content related to Argentine tango on the internet archive, standing at more than 100,000 listenings.

Although I still spend more on the radio than I receive from advertisements and donations, let me take a moment to thank the generous 2018 patronage of the Tűz family and Derek Smith, as well as that of Edward Johnson, Endre Szeghalmi, Hartmut Röhrich, Markus Frees, Mira Vos, Robert Arthur, Róbert Rózsa-Fekete, Terry Bauch, and Toni Hanner.

Happy new year and happy listening!

Monday, November 12, 2018


I saw and fell in love with Argentine tango first time 10 years ago today; here is the shorter version of how it happened.

My wisdom teeth started to hurt. At that time I was a phd student in the US with no dental insurance. The doctor told me for $100 that my wisdom teeth hurts - which I already knew - and also the price of the full treatment; it cost less to fly back to Hungary for care and I decided to do just that. This was around the time the crisis began, with Iceland going under; I tracked how the króna fell against the dollar and I thought I was smart to buy a cheap ticket with Icelandair. It was not that smart after all: the crisis cut deeper than expected and by the time I arrived to Reykjavík many flights to Europe got cancelled.

I stayed in Iceland for four days, visiting its magnificent terrains, volcanos, lagoons and waterfalls. On a Wednesday evening, after a tiresome hike to the Geysir, I sat down in a cafe called Kaffitár Café to read a novel by Halldór Laxness. Soon after people pushed away the tables and began to dance. I found myself in a milonga. After watching their dance for an hour and a half I knew I want to learn it. I got back home, lost my wisdom teeth, and started to dance tango.

Kaffitár Café, Reykjavík.

(The longer version includes preparing for the BP Expedition to Antarctica for young scientists, which involved a trip through Buenos Aires, but this is a story for another day.)

Monday, October 29, 2018

Absurd story about the importance of knowing the music

I recently returned to Pittsburgh for a conference in honor of one of my dissertation advisors. During its first day the deadliest attack on Jews in American history happened in a local synagogue: an anti-Semite entered with an AR-15 assault rifle and massacred 11 people who attended the Sabbath service. I knew the synagogue quite well: during my graduate years in Pittsburgh I lived on the same street only one corner away from the place. One of my best friends (who also came back to Pittsburgh for the conference) also got married there, so the news hit home.

The news was shocking and tragic but the real absurdity came next day when I visited the local milonga to meet old friends. The milonga location is also only one corner away from the synagogue. In light of the massacre the organizers thought about cancelling the milonga but decided against it: as they explained during the announcement break they thought it is important to keep the community together in difficult times. As a way to show respect and condolences they also asked the participants to dance to a silent tanda.

I thought the organizers made the right call in not cancelling the milonga and I found the way they handled this issue appropriate and respectful. But then comes the twist. What is the music the DJ plays next?


Seriously, I couldn't make this up. Plegaria is a tango composed by the nazi-sympathizer Eduardo Bianco who personally played the piece to Adolf Hitler at his request. The Führer apparently liked the tango quite a bit and soon found a horrible use for it: as it is well documented Plegaria would be soon dubbed as the "Tango of Death" because death camp prisoners bands were ordered to play it when Jewish prisoners were marched to be massacred. Due to this reason the song is never played in milongas. And certainly it should have not been played in this particular milonga..

Of course the choice of music was unintentional - the DJ simply didn't know the background story, and without the background story Fresedo's interpretation is indeed quite pleasant. But I think she should have: a DJ should not only be a person who pushes the play button.

Illustration: the prisoners orchestra of the Janowska concentration camp composed of the Lwów Philharmonics, led by the renowned conductors Stricts and Mund. The orchestra was ordered to play Plegaria to cover the noise of the tortures and executions. Source.

Monday, May 7, 2018

tango flashmob, radio, podcast

Three tango related "records" from Hungary: the most viewed tango flashmob; the most listened to online tango radio; and the most downloaded tango podcast.

Tango flashmob:

The most viewed tango flashmob on YouTube with over 1 million views: the 2013 flash mob in Westend City Center, Budapest.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/embed/xZZmW59Ci5g

Tango radio:

The most listened to online tango radio, with ~1/2 million listeners during April 2018 (also counting listeners of the backup server who are not included in the stats above; popularity rankings of three major online radio stream aggregators added): Argentine Tango Radio, Budapest.

Listen: http://www.ArgentineTangoRadio.com

Tango podcast:

The most viewed tango podcast of the internet archive: "Danceable Tangos of the Year", with ~75,000 downloads in addition of it being streamed on Argentine Tango Radio, Budapest.

Access: http://www.ArgentineTangoRadio.com/dtoty