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Melingo: Maldito Tango

Read "Maldito Tango" reviewed by Chris May

Like the Algerian singer Rachid Taha and Spanish band Ojos de Brujo, Argentinean singer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Melingo is broadening the scope of his native music while ensuring that its cultural identity remains intact. All three artists are creating “roots" music, but the extent of their innovations means that conservative Maghrebi, flamenco and tango fans dispute that. More freewheeling listeners simply revel in the thrilling music being created.

Melingo has retained tango's characteristic instrumentation--bandoneon, clarinet, double bass, violin, guitar--while adding ...