Friday, January 1, 2016

Welcome to "TOTW"

Welcome to "Tanda of the Week"!  A tanda of tango music will be uploaded on the blog once a week for your listening and dancing pleasure. This blog was created to educate dancers about tango and the orchestras of the golden era and beyond, as well as to share tandas and create discussion between dancers and dj's about good tango to dance to. This is a non-profit tango blog but if you wish you can support the blog by donations on Paypal.

Most of the tandas on the blog are by Dj Antti Suniala but tandas from guest dj's are welcome too! Below you will find a list of the most important orchestras featured on TOTW and a link to the tandas to listen to from each orchestra. For more information about the orchestras you can study the articles on the Todo Tango website. On you can find very useful listings of recordings from all the orchestras. Welcome and I hope you enjoy the blog!

- DJ Antti Suniala (profile) (tour dates)

Biagi, Rodolfo - TOTW - Todo Tango - - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Calo, Miguel - TOTW - Todo Tango - iTunes Store
Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store
D'Agostino, Ángel - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
De Angelis, Alfredo - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store
Demare, Lucio - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Donato, Edgardo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
, Osvaldo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Laurenz, Pedro - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Lomuto, Francisco - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Orquesta Tipica Victor - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Pugliese, Osvaldo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Rodriguez, Enrique - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Tanturi, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Varela, Héctor - TOTW - Todo Tango - - TangoTunes - iTunes Store 

Tandas by category:

Favorite tandas by Dj Antti Suniala - All the favorites on Spotify
Tandas by guest DJ's

Tango - Vals - Milonga tandas

1920's - 1930's - 1940's - 1950's tango music

Tandas with vocals
Instrumental tandas
Tandas with both instrumentals and vocal songs

Individual tandas available on Spotify are marked with the Spotify logo. Click here for the full playlist of all tandas on Spotify.

Tanda of the Week is now also available in The individual tandas available on Deezer are marked with the Deezer logo. Click here for the Tanda of the Week on Deezer profile.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tanda of the Week 16/2015 - Di Sarli / Rufino - DJ Antti Suniala

1. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Rufino - "Tristeza marina" 1943
2. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Rufino - "Todo" 1943
3. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Rufino - "Cascabelito" 1941
4. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Rufino - "Griseta" 1941
Greetings from The Netherlands. I will be playing tonight in Milonga La Roca in Amersfoort!
Here's just a quick update to the blog and a tanda of super classics from Di Sarli that I've played on my last few gigs on this tour. Unfortunately I was unable to find "Todo" on Deezer and didn't find a good replacement since suprisingly many Di Sarli songs were not available. I feel that the strong "Cascabelito" can follow "Todo", which has a strong ending and energy. But trying to put something like "Verdemar" as the second song would not make the tanda work anymore so I hope you have access to Spotify.... Apparently Deezer is about to include "Todo" in their library so I'll update the playlist when it's available.


Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
, Roberto - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tanda of the Week 15/2015 - Lucio Demare - DJ Antti Suniala

Greetings my fellow tango addicts. I'm going on another small tour as shown on the picture above. Hope to see some of you on the dance floor!

Before discussing this weeks tanda, let me say a few words about the great Trasnochando festival that we had here in Berlin the last weekend. It was the first edition of the festival and was organized by Frank Seifart, James Bates and Monica Suteau, who is the fairly recent addition to the killer team whos influence has done wonders for the Berlin scene. The sold out festival had a nice venue with character and great music from start to finish. I strongly recommend bookmarking this festival for next year and to get your tickets early!


1. Lucio Demare / Juan Carlos Miranda - "No te apures, cara blanca" 1942
2. Lucio Demare / Horacio Quintana - "Igual que un bandoneón" 1945
3. Lucio Demare / Juan Carlos Miranda - "Mañana zarpa un barco" 1942
4. Lucio Demare / Horacio Quintana - "Torrente" 1945, for the tanda at hand..... "No te apures, cara blanca" is definitely one of the most popular tangos among dancers and for all the right reasons. It's a perfect blend of a beautiful melody, downtempo rhythms and endless details accompanied by the singing of Juan Carlos Miranda and the sad story of a man talking to his horse about how there's no need to rush since there's no one waiting for him to arrive. You can read a translation of the song at the "el Tango te espera" blog.

Demare didn't record many songs with Miranda so sometimes you might find it better to mix in songs from other singers in order to create a tanda that follows better the mood you want to create with "No the apures...." Here I chose two of my favorites from Demare/Quintana for the tanda.

I also added pause tracks in between some songs, so that when you listen to the tanda on Spotify or Deezer you hear it like I would play it. When I DJ I always want to have absolute control of the silence in between the songs and I play one song at a time and only when it's the right time I will press play for the next song. I want to give the dancers a chance to breath in and breath out before the next song, especially when it's a more downtempo and very emotional tanda like this one.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tanda of the Week 14/2015 - José Sala (Rosario) Instrumental - DJ Antti Suniala

1. José Sala - "Recuerdo" 1953
2. José Sala - "Sábado inglés" 1953
3. José Sala - "Lágrimas" 1954
4. José Sala - "Nueve de julio" 1953 week I'd like to introduce the pianist/director and the orchestra of José Sala from Rosario, Argentina. 

"Sala recorded between 1953 and 1973 on Columbia (1953-1954), TK (1955-1958) and Europhone (1972-1973). Throughout his career he recorded over 400 numbers. We pay fair homage to a musician who, without exaggeration, meant the symbol of the best tango in Rosario at the time of its highest splendor."


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tanda of the Week 13/2015 - Juan D'Arienzo instrumentals 1935-1937

1. Juan D'Arienzo - "Nueve de julio" 1935 - TangoTunes
2. Juan D'Arienzo - "Comme il faut" 1936 - TangoTunes
3. Juan D'Arienzo - "Jueves" 1937 - TangoTunes
4. Juan D'Arienzo - "Gallo ciego" 1937 - TangoTunes
The folks at have made yet another release of the music of Juan D'Arienzo! These songs were released already earlier but after renewing their whole digitization and mastering process we can enjoy the music in even better quality. order to listen to the song samples of the TangoTunes releases, please click on the TangoTunes links next to the songs on the above list. The Spotify and Deezer playlists have the songs from other commercial releases since the TangoTunes releases are available only on their online store.

While the songs sound great and due to the release I received a few songs in clearly better quality than what I had before... some of the songs do have more shellac record noise than many other releases out there and I'll leave it to you to decide what you think of it.

The reason for this is explained by TangoTunes: "After the transfer gentle declicking and removal of pops is applied. Since mid 2014 we do not use any automatic algorithms anymore, as they distort the whole sound spectrum too heavily. Instead, we chose to accept the inevitable surface noise when transferring a shellac."

I have personally carefully edited or filtered some of these tracks for my own use with slightly lesser record noise. Using the basic EQ of a mixer will not do the job but for example the iTunes or WinAmp softwares have something like a 10-band equalizer and cutting out the 8K and 16K bands might be a good solution although not an optimal one. With Traktor Pro I use a special filter that I've adjusted to my needs and that works quite well if I haven't pre-edited the song.

Here's what was said in the TangoTunes newsletter:

"We happily announce the first three compilations of the new Golden Ear edition: "Todo de Juan" 1–3, crisp and clear Tango sound with ever-rhythmic, dynamic Juan D'Arienzo. "Todo de Juan 1–6" will comprise all tunes from Juan D'Arienzo 1935–1939 in chronological order.
With the Golden Ear edition we establish new important facts:
  • Only full discographies in right chronological order on the albums.
  • Renewed and better digitization and mastering process. Read more about the digitization chain.
  • New file format AIFF: 16bit/44,1 kHz, mono. It's come to replace the previous M4A (all previous releases will still be offered in M4A). AIFF is as user-friendly and playable in practically all music players. FLAC stays as usual in 24bit/96 kHz, mono.
  • New bundles and base prices: 1,49 € AIFF, 1,79 € FLAC. FLAC and AIFF are shipped separately (no more double files like former FLAC+M4A). The reduced bit rate/sample rate leads to the reduced price of the AIFF.
If we say, we changed everything in the digitization chain, this may sound dramatic, but it's true: Everything. We hired the best sound engineer we can possibly dream of, established a shiny new audio station in Vienna and finally come up with new file formats and simply good Tango sound!
Whether you already bought one or the other tune or a whole compilation of D'Arienzo – when you buy an album from the Golden Ear edition, you will be compensated with store credit for the substituted tunes. Please visit our website for more detailed information about our compensation offer.

I made this tanda based on the songs from the first three compilations and with a time span of 1935-1937. Almost all of the D'Arienzo instrumental tangos from that time period are very playful so I tried to look for the ones that would at least start with slightly stronger tones even if they would end up partly cheerful. One thing to notice is that the second song "Comme il faut" is shorter than the others and the arrangement doesn't have the bandoneon solo/variacion in the end.

All the songs are very classic and were recorded by many other orchestras as well so I would recommend comparing these songs to versions from different orchestras and also other time periods. For example... compare this D'Arienzo version of "Gallo ciego" to Pugliese's version from 1959. When I started dancing tango it took me quite a while to even realize that they are actually the same composition!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tanda of the Week 11/2015 - Enrique Campos with Ricardo Tanturi - DJ Antti Suniala

Enrique Campos.
S. f. (Foto: Museo y Centro de documentación AGADU)

1. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "Muchachos, comienza la ronda" 1943
2. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "Por eso canto yo" 1943
3. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "Así se canta" 1943
4. Ricardo Tanturi / Enrique Campos - "Cantor de barrio" 1945 we celebrate the birthday of Enrique Campos (10.3.1913-13.3.1970), one of the greatest singers of tango! The tanda starts with his first recording with the Ricardo Tanturi's orchestra "Muchachos, comienza la ronda" and we continue with the tango theme and devote the rest of the songs to the role of being the great singer that he was.

Read more about Enrique Campos on TodoTango , a translation to "Muchachos, comienza la ronda" and listen to more of the tandas with Enrique Campos on Tanda of the Week.


 Tanturi, Ricardo - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store
Campos, Enrique - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

Sunday, March 8, 2015

TOTW - The Year 2014

Spring is almost here in Berlin and although it's a bit late I thought of doing a short review of the 36 tandas posted on the blog in 2014. Since I recently updated the complete TOTW playlist on Spotify I have been listening to the tandas of the blog a lot more and I have to say we have a lot of great music here. Thank you all for the suggestions, feedback and guest DJ's for their contributions!

I split the tandas into two groups: The traditional and the not as traditional tandas. As you may have noticed the blog is not only about the theory of constructing perfect traditional tango tandas but there's also space for more variety and sometimes I want to simply showcase a certain orchestra and their music. I hope this list will help you to explore, find your favorites and especially for the beginning DJ's to understand styles of tango music better. Often the definitions of what is or is not traditional vary slightly and there's some music that is borderline this or the other. However after a quick look, I believe the way I have split the tandas will satisfy most dancers, DJ's and the tango police.

I will later do a similar post for the previous years as well.


- DJ Antti Suniala



Some useful tags you can use searching for music on TOTW -

Tango - Vals - Milonga tandas
1920's - 1930's - 1940's - 1950's tango music
Favorite tandas by Dj Antti Suniala
Tandas by guest DJ's 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tanda of the Week 10/2015 - Black Magic - Mixed orchestras - DJ Antti Suniala

De Angelis, Rotundo, Varela and D'Arienzo

1. Alfredo De Angelis / Oscar Larroca - "Volvamos a empezar" 1953
2. Francisco Rotundo / Floreal Ruíz - "Resignate hermano" 1952
3. Héctor Varela / Argentino Ledesma - "Un remordimiento" 1955
4. Juan D'Arienzo / Jorge Valdez - "Destino de flor" 1957 weeks tanda is an experiment into the dark arts and black magic of mixing songs from different orchestras into one tango tanda. Mixing orchestras in a tanda is not common practise and is generally frowned upon especially when not done well. Most common and more accepted examples of it are the milonga and even vals tandas with songs from many orchestras, often partly due to a lot more limited amount of recordings in both styles. I am not quite sure if the term "Ronda de ases" is used only for a tanda consisting of the greatest hits of tango from several orchestras put into one tanda - like a super romantic tanda from Canaro's "Poema" and Fresedo's "Buscandote" etc. - or if can be used in general for a tango tanda of mixed orchestras even if the songs are not such standard super hits? Here I experiment with the latter option.

The journey to the dark side began when I came across Rotundo's "Resignate hermano" and thought it sounded suprisingly a lot like a mix of early 50's De Angelis, Varela and D'Arienzo. So to pass time on my bus tour* I tried to find songs that'd go well with it. I was juggling many songs from all the other three orchestras and the tanda turned out like this... for now.

I personally don't look for DJ's to mix orchestras in tango tandas, although I might tolerate/approve/appreciate one mixed tanda in a set, but rather have the difference between tandas provide enough variation and inspiration for the dancers. I think mixing orchestras is more acceptable when the songs or orchestras are not super well-known. I know many DJ's do it with some early 30's music. I've done it on the blog earlier in similar style with an instrumental tanda of Orquesta Tipica Victor, Provincianos and Donato. One of the fundamental ideas for a tanda is to have a consistent style and mood throughout the tanda, a task which can be possible even with the mixing of the orchestras. Sometimes you might find a great song but the same orchestra doesn't have enough songs for a great tanda and you want to look a bit further into similar songs from other sources. However, when it comes to true classics, I really would not want anyone mixing for example Troilo/Fiorentino and Di Sarli/Rufino even if the DJ in their mind could come up with some kind of consistency and similarity.

-- EDIT: another example of a mixed tanda on TOTW is this tanda of the singer Carlos LaFuente with orchestras Tipica Victor, Marcucci, Provincianos and Carabelli. So the tanda has different although very similar orchestras and the same singer in every song. I dare to say that this tanda is a fairly perfect example of how mixing of orchestras is done well.

Of course it could be argued that the orchestras and songs of this tanda of mine are fairly well-known (or could it?) but for example I chose to go with D'Arienzo/Valdez because the song and style is not the most common to D'Arienzo... I tried some songs from the earlier 50's with Laborde and Echague but found that Jorge Valdez as a singer also matched the other singers (Larroca, Ruiz and Ledesma) better. From Varela I was thinking of going with "Moneda de cobre" but thought of "El remordimiento" as a slightly softer choise for this rather massive and strong tanda. Maybe I could've also looked into the Varela recordings with Rodolfo Lesica.

I found out that by pure luck, or guidance from the tango devils, "El remordimiento" is actually composed by Francisco Rotundo. Rotundo also recorded "Destino de flor" with Alfredo del Río. I tried hard to find a connection for Rotundo and the De Angelis song to satisfy my tango geek side as well, but failed to do so.

Now... if you find yourself behind the decks at a very traditional milonga, it's probably not a great idea to play something like this. If you feel like your crowd is ready for some experimentation then this tanda might work. If you think they'll like the opening track then they'll probably enjoy the rest of the tanda too. I sure would rather dance to this than 50's D'Arienzo/Echague, which always rubs me the wrong way.

Anyway.... the tanda is an experiment. I even thought of saving it for an April Fool's tanda and mark all the songs to have been recorded by Rotundo and see how fast my readers realize the mixing of orchestras... but the Spotify/Deezer playlists would've of course given it away too soon.

So my friends and enemies. Do you think these songs have a consistent enough style to be mixed into one tanda? Would you even notice the difference in styles? Would you recommend other songs to improve the tanda? Have you played or danced to any great tango tandas of mixed orchestras?


PS. I updated the neglected complete TOTW playlist on Spotify!

De Angelis, Alfredo - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store
Rotundo, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store
Varela, Héctor - TOTW - Todo Tango - - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango - TangoTunes - iTunes Store



I just finished a two week tour of 3200 km by bus... I played in Vilnius (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki and Tampere (Finland) and Lodz and Warsaw (Poland). The hours of sitting in busses and the recovery was made a lot easier by the great tango communities, dancers, organizers and my hosts. Thank you all!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tanda of the Week 09/2015 - Anibal Troilo / Alberto Marino - DJ Antti Suniala

...or Biagi: "La marca de fuego"!

After a short recovery from the endless hours of dancing at the Tango Frostbite festival, the Finnish tango scene already has it's sights on the second highlight of the year; The second edition of the Tangosauna marathon is coming up again in June 12th-14th and the registration starts tomorrow on Wednesday the 25th of February!

I will be playing at the marathon again and in the great company of DJ's Andrés Molina, Sandro Puliti, Analía LaRubia Del Giglio, Fatih KaçmazBernt Andreas Drange and Jenni Valli.

So join us for the white nights, swimming and some very hot tangos and saunas...!


1. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Uno" 1943
2. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Cotorrita de la suerte" 1945
3. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Fuimos" 1946
4. Aníbal Troilo / Alberto Marino - "Sombras nada más" 1944's another tanda I played last Thursday at the Tango Frostbite festival in Finland. I was happy to hear that the maestros in attendance greatly appreciated my selection of Buenos Aires style music and afterwards I received detailed compliments and feedback from both Javier Rodriguez and Horacio Godoy, who especially liked this tanda.

I'll say one thing about the tanda or Troilo/Marino tandas in general. Here is where we cross from the well-known earlier Troilo recordings, both instrumental and songs with Francisco Fiorentino, into the slighly less-known and more challenging tangos from 1943 and beyond. These songs are more appreciated in Buenos Aires but the scenes in Europe (at least) seem to be catching up. However, what I hear from many DJ's is that, out of the 40 something Troilo/Marino tangos, they're playing a lot of the lesser-known songs and arrangements that are more difficult to dance to. I'd say it's good to remember that just like with Pugliese, that if you choose the most well-known and danceable songs you can find - it is still Pugliese. Meaning that the music still has all the qualities that make Pugliese so amazing but is less challenging. And the same goes for Troilo with Marino. You don't always need to select the most special songs in trying to get maximum results. Of course everything depends on everything else you play in your set, but I assure that you will get great and often even better results with such a tanda like this which has three compositions Uno, Fuimos and Sombras... straight from the top100 of the tango history.



Here's more information of Alberto Marino from TodoTango:

Alberto Marino (26.4.1923 – 21.6.1989).

"The bandoneonist Aníbal Troilo heard him sing and suggested the latter to join the former's outfit. Marino had already made an agreement to join the orchestra of Rodolfo Biagi, but accepted Troilo's suggestion, and worked with him from 1943 until 1947.

For many people it was the singer's best time, his renditions of the tangos "Tres amigos", "Fuimos" and "Tal vez será su voz" are authentic jewels, among many others, of his contribution to the history of tango. 

After that successful stage he decided to start his career as soloist. His first orchestra was conducted by the violinist Emilio Balcarce,the same one with whom he had begun in 1939. Later the bandoneonist Enrique Alessio took over the leadership of his orchestra and some time later he is replaced by the Uruguayan musician, Héctor María Artola.

He admired Gardel and Charlo, but when he was asked about who influenced on his expression and phrasing, he invariably answered: Antonio Rodríguez Lesende. A singer hardly known, whose recordings are very hard to find and that are around sixteen renditions. [edit: listen to Di Sarli/Lesende "Milonga de Centenario" and you can hear the similarities in their singing styles]"

- by Ricardo García Blaya, Todo Tango

Troilo, Anibal - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes - iTunes Store
Marino, Alberto - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Tanda of the Week 08/2015 - Canaro Milongas - DJ Antti Suniala

Photo by Hernan Ohaco

1. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "No hay tierra como la mía" 1939
2. Francisco Canaro / Ernesto Famá - "La milonga de Buenos Aires" 1939
3. Francisco Canaro  - "Reliquias porteñas" 1938 from the Tango Frostbite festival in Helsinki Finland! I had the honor to play the lovely opening milonga of the festival and this is one of the tandas of my set. In the five and a half hour milonga I played four milonga tandas, which were a slower Canaro tanda as the first one, followed later by milongas from Troilo and Laurenz and then as the last milonga tanda I played this one. I chose very classic milongas for all tandas and I really like to keep it that way especially when I play bigger festival milongas like this. Keep it classy and strong and don't be afraid of uptempo milongas! Actually "No hay tierra como la mia" sounds more uptempo than it eventually is. But it's a great strong start for a milonga tanda. Be sure to check out the Lomuto version of the song (Spotify / Deezer), which is probably even better!

Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

Monday, February 9, 2015

Tanda of the Week 07/2015 -
Di Sarli / Famá 1929/1931 -
DJ Antti Suniala

Ernesto Famä

1. Carlos Di Sarli - "No cantes Victoria" 1929
2. Carlos Di Sarli / Ernesto Famá - "Flora" 1930
3. Carlos Di Sarli / Ernesto Famá - "Maldita" 1931
4. Carlos Di Sarli / Ernesto Famá - "Chau Pinela" 1930 the late 1950's Di Sarli let's make a jump to where it all started. Here's a tanda of some of Di Sarli's very first recordings. I really enjoy dancing to the funky "Chau pinela" which is sometimes marked as a tango-milonga. Enjoy!

Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo - TangoTunes - iTunes Store

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tanda of the Week 06/2015 - Juan D'Arienzo instrumentals - DJ Antti Suniala

DJ Antti Suniala - Tango Salon Festival, Lodz, Poland

First of all, I'm happy to announce a few more gigs for this year. I have the honor and pleasure of playing again at both the Tangosauna Ultimate Tango Marathon in Finland and the Tango d'Amore Festival in Ukraine. I also hope to see you many of you at the Frostbite Tango Festival in Finland very soon!


1. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Maipo" 1939
2. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Derecho viejo" 1938
3. Juan D'Arienzo  - "El pollito" 1939
4. Juan D'Arienzo  - "Felicia" 1939 I was promising something very classic for this weeks tanda and here's one of my absolute favorites. The tanda still goes a bit into the extremes (next week something more chill?) as all of the songs are very uptempo and probably some of the strongest instrumentals you can find from D'Arienzo. I remember playing this one in the Tango Salon Festival in Lodz, Poland and receiving applauses from the appreciative dancers.

Rodolfo Biagi is always praised for his playing and input in the D'Arienzo orchestra in 1935-1938. Here in these songs the piano is played by the long time successor Juan Polito and in my opinion the man is on fire. Love this stuff!

There's quite a difference in quality of the tracks on the playlists provided... While the
Meta Fierro - Yunta Brava release with "Maipo", "Derecho viejo" and "Felicia" is in truly great quality and surely one of the best available, it was very difficult to find a good quality version of "El pollito". If you want to play the song in a milonga I'd recommend finding another better version than this. Unfortunately I'm not sure which release I could recommend. A lot of the early discography is available at and hopefully they'll include even more songs soon in their store.


D'Arienzo, Juan - TOTW - Todo Tango - iTunes Store

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tanda of the Week 05/2015 - Francisco Canaro y Nelly Omar

1. Francisco Canaro / Nelly Omar - "La canción de Buenos Aires" 1947
2. Francisco Canaro / Nelly Omar - "Canción desesperada" 1946
3. Francisco Canaro / Nelly Omar - "Sentimiento gaucho" 1947
4. Francisco Canaro / Nelly Omar - "Sus ojos se cerraron" 1947 this weeks post, I wanted to go back to some real classics of tango, since quite many of the blogs recent tandas have been pushing past the most traditional views of traditional tango. However I happened to stumble upon these songs by Canaro with Nelly Omar and was very pleasantly suprised and thought I'd share them with you all. So let's get back to the true classics next week.

There are not many tangos recorded with female vocalists and only a fraction of those would be concidered suitable for dancing. Canaro recorded also with Ada Falcón and Tita Merello, Edgardo Donato with Lita Morales and Donato Racciatti with Nina Miranda. Out of these it is probably Lita Morales who you might hear in milongas the most but only when sharing the spotlight with one or two of her male colleagues. So finding these songs was refreshing for me. Especially because the songs have such a good traditional structure and Canaro's orchestra, for once, doesn't bring the trademark wind instruments to the forefront and they've pulled the plug off the hammond organ and they actually sound like a.... like a tango orchestra. I'm sorry, I had to say it. I do not like all the extra instruments personally.

If you want to have a more generally recognizable song as the first one to open the tanda... I'd suggest "Sentimiento gaucho".

So what do you think? Could this be the best tango tanda with a female vocalist out there? Or am I forgetting someone and/or you'd rather give the honors to someone else?

Enjoy and have a nice week!

Canaro, Francisco - TOTW - Todo Tango - - iTunes Store

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tanda of the Week 04/2015 - Di Sarli con Pomar, Duran, Casares y Florio 1950's

Hello all and a happy New Year! Sorry for taking my time to start the new year here at Tanda of the Week but I've been extremely busy with a couple of things. One of them being playing at and greatly enjoying the Tango Remolino DJ Festival in L'viv Ukraine just after Christmas. The festival was 12 days long (!!!) but I only had the chance to play the opening night and stay for two more days/nights of dancing. Highly recommended.

The main thing I was busy with however was the directing of a new show for my fire circus and dance company Walkea. A full month of rehearsals and a lot more time taken for producing the show ended with the 10 shows for a total amount of 28,000 people in the Lux Helsinki festival in Finland. I'm currently preparing our promotional videos and material... but for a sneak peak you can look at some amazing photographs from the performances.

And one of the things I'm busy with now is the promotion of my DJ career and looking for opportunities to play in milongas and festivals and everything in between in 2015 (and 2016 since many events book DJ's very early). So here's a reminder to you all that I am indeed a full time artist and I love to DJ as much as I can and I'm willing to travel a lot in order to do so. Any help in passing my CV (pdf) to the right people or recommending or requesting me to play goes a long way and is much appreciated! Greatly due to other tango fanatics and their help I've been very fortunate to play around the world and meet a lot of great people in doing so. And at least for the next few years I think I'll stay on the road. In fact I'm planning to put two of my passions together and do a few DJ tours on bicycle this year.

Here are some of my already public tour dates: 
  • 27.06. Midnight Light Tango Festival, Umeå, Sweden 
  • 06.06. Tango Alegria 10 year Anniversary, Kuopio Finland
  • 18.05. StudiLONGA, Halle
  • 19.04. La Luna, Antwerp
  • 18.04. La Roca, Amersfoort Netherlands
  • 16.04. Estar Bien, Antwerp
  • 14.04. Los Locos, Amsterdam
  • 12.04. La Tangueria, Brussels 
  • 24.02. Teerenpeli, Tampere, Finland
  • 19.-22.02. Tango Frostbite Festival, Helsinki
  • 14.02. Balta Pirts, Riga, Latvia
  • 13.02. Milonga Tipica, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 24.01. Bailongo, Berlin   

Hope to see you at a milonga!
All the best,

DJ Antti Suniala


1. Carlos Di Sarli / Mario Pomar - "Domani" 1952
2. Carlos Di SarliJorge Durán - "Nubes de humo" 1958
3. Carlos Di Sarli / Horacio Casares - "Hasta siempre, amor" 1958
4. Carlos Di Sarli / Roberto Florio - "Derrotado" 1956 hope you don't mind me sharing another Di Sarli tanda. This tanda is made not only to put beautiful songs together but also to showcase four of the finest singers Di Sarli recorded with in the 1950's. I also wanted to choose songs that are slightly more uptempo than a lot of the Di Sarli recordings from the 50's. Uptempo in this case basically means midtempo or slower midtempo but still uptempo compared to the majority of the recordings. Also these songs are on the shorter spectum of (1950's) song lenght as they are around the 2:45-2:55 mark. This should give the tanda a lot of energy on top of the beauty of the songs.

There's a bit of a time leap between the first two songs going from 1952 to 1958 but if you have "Domani" in good quality this should be no problem. Also, to my ears, this version on Spotify/Deezer sounds a little bit too fast. My version from the Tango Digital Archive shellacs is a bit slower.


Di Sarli, Carlos - TOTW - Todo - iTunes Store