My travel bucketlist through music: Argentina

This is the third part of a series of 10 articles where I feature artists from one of the countries that is on my current list of ten countries that I want to visit before I die. We started out in Sweden, made our way to Brazil and are now stopping in Argentina.

Ushuaia, photo taken by Alvaro Leiva for National Geographic

Ushuaia, photo taken by Alvaro Leiva for National Geographic

I’m learning to speak Spanish right now. It’s another item on my bucket list that I’m trying to cross off, and it’s coming along a whole lot better than that other dream of becoming an opera singer 😉

I want to visit a Spanish-speaking country soon, so I set my sights on Argentina. This country has always fascinated me (maybe because growing up, Mafalda was my idol and I sometimes thought I was her real life incarnation).

This week I had fun exploring the musical horizons of Argentina. Other than having heard the classical sounds of Tango music by such composers as Astor Piazzolla, I was quite unfamiliar with the musical history and different influences present in the south-american country’s soundscape. Here are 11 songs by artists that hail from different eras, different genres and different parts of the country:

Gustavo Santaolalla (film score composer), Facundo Cabral (legendary folk musician and philosopher), Mercedes Sosa (folk singer known as the voice of voiceless ones), Ainda Duo (folk pop duo from Buenos Aires), Sofia Viola (indie singer), Federico Aubele (Dub musician), Mahatma Dandys (reggae rock fusion that evokes a meeting between Gogol Bordello and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Bajofondo (Electro tango fusion from Argentina and Uruguay), Mati Zundel (DJ/producer), DIAFAR(rap, the acronym stands for DIaspora AFricana de la ARgentina), Nerdkids (fans of 90s alternative music will enjoy)

For inspiration, here are some nice photos of Argentina, taken by photographers that had their work published on National Geographic’s website.

Plaza de Mulas, photo by Brad Jackson for National Geographic

Plaza de Mulas, photo by Brad Jackson for National Geographic

La Boca, photo by Keren Su for National Geographic

La Boca, photo by Keren Su for National Geographic

Tango, photo by Peter Mcbride for National Geographic

Tango, photo by Peter Mcbride for National Geographic

Iguazu falls, photo by Ken Welsh for National Geographic

Iguazu falls, photo by Ken Welsh for National Geographic

Here are the upcoming countries I will be covering in the next few weeks:

South Africa, Turkey, Cuba, New Zealand, Portugal, United Kingdom and Senegal

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