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Argentina: Tango pays tribute to Maradona, its “imperfect god” | Culture


The 'Chino' Laborde sings in the tribute to Diego Maradona carried out by the Buenos Aires Tango Festival
The ‘Chino’ Laborde sings in the tribute to Diego Maradona carried out by the Buenos Aires Tango FestivalEnrique Garcia Medina

Between glory and tragedy, Diego Armando Maradona’s life was pure tango. The rise of the greatest Argentine soccer star from his earthly cradle in the Villa Fiorito neighborhood to the pantheon of popular gods had been predicted before his birth. “The boy slept and had that night / The most beautiful dream he could have / The stadium was full, glorious Sunday / At last they were going to see him in first class,” he says Kid’s dream, composed by Reinaldo Yiso and Juan Puey in 1942, and performed by numerous singers later, including Pelusa himself. Contemporary themes immortalized his feats with the ball and a selection of them served to honor him ten months after his death at the Buenos Aires Tango Festival and World Cup.

The rhythm of the 2×4 moved him to tears. “I went outside [a jugar a Europa] at 22 without knowing tango. When I came back, I came back with a tango in the truck, crying, ”Maradona said in a television interview. Was Carnations, the song by Miguel Moreno that accompanied him when he returned to football in his native country, in 1993. He was already a consecrated player after having won the World Cup with the Argentine team in 1986 and made Naples champion of Italy, but he dragged also a history of drug addiction, especially cocaine.

Nostalgia, the essence of tango, flew over the entire tribute to the idol who died on November 25, at the age of 60. “Oé, oé, oé; Die-go, Die-go! ”, The festival director, the dancer Natacha Poberaj, intoned as the show opened on Tuesday afternoon. The audience of the Centenario park amphitheater quickly joined in the chant before giving way to Mauro Caiazza, in charge of the Kaia Za San project, the first of the twenty artists who passed through the stage.

Tango versions of songs like The hand of God, popularized by the quarterer Rodrigo o Life raffle, by Manu Chao, were performed alongside unpublished works, such as the instrumental The goal of the century, or some of El Diego’s favorite songs, like Cucusita, also from Montero. That song, which the footballer sang in 1992 at a charity event for a disabled aid center, was performed at the festival by an emotional Hernán Cucuza Castiello while behind images were projected with the best plays of Diego.

Almost a decade earlier, when he was a Barcelona player, one night he stepped onto the Camp Nou in a suit instead of wearing a Barça shirt. Singing Caminito together with Julio Iglesias and Plácido Domingo in front of more than 70,000 people. “I love tango. I do it very badly, that is also true, but whoever does not try, never knows how it will go. So I always like to try, “he said in another television interview.

His voice reached the audience through an emotional recording made by the Cachivache Orquesta. He heard him sing Kid’s dream from the small television of the house where he lived in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Paternal, around the Argentinos Juniors stadium, the club with which he debuted in first class. In the video, projected on a giant screen, Bruno Tombari and Rocío Lequio dance through the different rooms of that house, now a museum, in which the legend began to be forged.

“They will tell you so many things about me, but everything is a lie, nothing is true, because I… because I no longer die…, because I no longer die. I who was an imperfect god, the insurgent side of eternity, today I am already part of everyone’s air, nobody’s, my property. Today, twenty-five of a month of any year, what could matter! Today, like yesterday and tomorrow, my flag will be the heir rage of the marginal South “, sang Castiello in tango I no longer die, with lyrics by Alejandro Szwarcman and music by Pablo Covacevich.

“Diego belongs to everyone and we all have him in our hearts,” Javier continued, amid applause. Cardinal Domínguez, before performing a tribute to Maradona with lyrics by the poet Horacio Ferrer accompanied by Hernán Reinaudo on guitar. “The songs remain, as well as their magic,” said another tango player, the Chino Laborde, when interpreting To pour gambet.

Magic in the feet. Maradona’s eternal with the ball; the ephemeral one that springs from some dancers in the milongueras nights of Buenos Aires. The festival brought together tango and soccer on stage in a show that ended almost as it had begun, amid applause and chants of “Maradó, Maradó”.

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