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The tanguero that made you dance

Enrique Rodríguez was an unconventional tanguero: in addition to tango, his orchestra performed a wide variety of genres.

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Enrique Rodriguez, el tanguero que te hacía bailar

 Enrique Rodríguez  — also known by his pseudonym, Luis María Meca — was a bandoneonist, director and composer. So far, nothing seems to differentiate it from so many other masters of our  tango . The distinctive thing about his  orchestra , however, is that it was multifaceted. When  he played tangos , he did it following a rhythmic and traditional line. But the night did not end there:  his repertoire also included pieces from other genres. 

In his presentations, Enrique Rodríguez  mixed tangos, waltzes, milongas, foxtrots, pasodobles, polkas and rancheras.  In addition, it introduced non-conventional instruments. When his orchestra sounded,  there was no other than going out dancing . However, when I played tango, the sound was brilliant, with simple arrangements, but tasteful, and with excellent vocalists.

His beginnings in music were — for those things of destiny — also linked to cinema: he played the bandoneon in a duet with a pianist to make the musical background of  silent films  that were screened in the barrios. Then, with the start of radio broadcasts, he was integrating ensembles that acted in the gauchescas  radio  shows. He continued to integrate various formations until,  in 1936, he formed his own orchestra .

 “ Enrique Rodríguez and his orchestra of all the rhythms”  —as he finally baptized her — knew how to explode something that others did not. Given the variety of their repertoire, they could  animate any dance  without the need for the intervention of other jazzy orchestras or tropical music. This brought him great success both in Argentina and in other Latin American countries. The most purist  tangueros  , however, always looked with suspicion at this versatility.

Enrique Rodríguez continued to be true to his style, breaking the molds and bringing joy to people. Is there anything more important than that?

Publication Date: 27/04/2020

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