Argentine Tango Song, Poema,

The Dark Side of Canaro’s ‘Poema’

Francisco Canaro’s 1935 recording of the tango ‘Poema’ is a favorite at milongas (dance salons). Composed by Mario Malfi and lyrics by Eduardo Bianco, this recording is sung by Roberto Maida. It has been described as “gently melancholic” and “softly nostalgic.” But the tango has a darker side to it. Tango DJ Hermann Nemolyakin has …

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