Saturday, April 14, 2007

It's been said that one out of every three modern renaissance men were born in Buenos Aires. But that doesn't mean they still live there. In 1968 Juan Carlos Caceres left his home on the southern shore of the Rio de la Plata and moved to Paris to paint, sing, teach art history and can fresh vegetables. He even found time for a little hobby called Malon, a latin-tinged powerhouse comprised predominantly of French musicians. Caceres composed all of the music for their 1972 album El Camino Dale Negro, as well as providing lead vocals and playing more instruments than you can shake a stick at : piano, drums, trombone, trumpet, peruvian flute, zansa, and siku, to name a few. He also took the trash out of the studio on a regular basis.


Malon released two more albums in the 1970s. I'm not sure what became of the other members of the band after that, but Caceres continues to play music, lecture, and exhibit his art all over the world. As an expert on the history of Argentinian music, he has recently focused his efforts on exposing the 'real and uncensored' history of tango music. Specifically, the idea that tango originated in the musical traditions of Afro-Argentines but were subsequently written out of its history and folklore.


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