Música Sertaneja

I’ve been intrigued by the Argentinian (and generally South American) music scene from the start. The Argentinians are HUGE fans of classic rock–with the Rolling Stones easily topping playlists. I am fairly certain royalties for Van Halen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Metallica, and other of their ilk are in large part earned by the tremendous airplay they get in South America. I’m constantly doing double takes while walking around, saying “I haven’t heard that song in a long time!”

In the ’80s, during the Falklands War, the Argentinian government decided to limit all English music (including the beloved Stones), and the Argentinian rock scene exploded. Today, the music channels are filled with bands on par with many English-speaking rock musicians (Disturbed, Queens of the Stone Age, etc).  T and I plan on actually going to a rock concert in Ituzaingo later this week.

Much like Europe, however, they borrow lots of music from other countries. In this case, música sertaneja from Brazil. Sertanejo is essentially country music done South American style, with an accordion instead of a steel guitar, and it tends to sound more like pop than the Dolly Parton era country they also import.  It’s hugely popular in Brazil (and is actually the main music form).  Ituzaingo is about 4.5 hours from the Brazilian border, so it’s no wonder that the musical culture has bled into this area of Argentina. I’ve currently got these two songs stuck in my head: