With the turn of the 20th century, a new dance called the tango swirled out of Rio de la Plata's teeming urban underclasses. It combined Spanish, Italian, and French steps remembered by poor European immigrants; the candombe beats brought by former slaves from their native Africa; and sensual moves beloved by ladies of the evening, who gathered dancers together in their Buenos Aires and Montevideo brothels, and gave birth to the most fiercely passionate dance in the world.
By the onset of WWI, the tango had gone global, thanks largely to singer Carlos Gardel, "El Zorzal Criollo," whose international hit Mi Noche Triste inspired a global tango revolution. The dance has gone on to become one of the world's most popular, reaching new artistic heights in Finland, Japan, the United States, and elsewhere.
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