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by Chris May
The late, great bandoneon player Ástor Piazzolla famously said: There is not one note of happiness in the tango." That is also true of fado, tango's Portugese cousin. Both are the Latin equivalents of African American blues: intense, cathartic expressions of anguish with, in their traditional forms, precious little light at the end of the tunnel. While the blues went on to produce a Saturday-night good-times strand with all its roots intact, tango and fado have not, though both have ...read more