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Chamame

World Routes, Argentina Episode 3 of 5

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Saturday 19 March 2011

Banning Eyre heads into North East Argentina with Chamame accordionist Chango Spasiuk, to see the red earth and hear this unique accordion driven music.

Misiones province in North East Argentina is a sliver of land between Brazil and Paraguay, more tropical than the rest of Argentina, it is part of the ancestral home of the Guarani people. Home to a large number of Jesuit missions in the 17th Century, during the early part of the 20th Century Misiones received an influx of European immigrants to work on the land, especially from Poland and the Ukraine. These East European farmers brought with them the accordion, which added Schottische and Polkas to an already rich cultural mix and the Chamame was born.

Banning Eyre takes internationally renowned chamame accordionist Chango Spasiuk back to his roots in Misiones, to hear about how he learnt the accordion, and to meet and record local musicians. Sergio Tarnovsky is a young local talent from Apostoles who plays the 21 button diatonic accordion known as the verdulera. Lalo Doreto hails from the town of Obera, and is a local radio host, singer, and guitarist, and he puts on a special afternoon session with some friends in his back yard.

As well as being the home of Chamame, Misiones is also the home of "yerba mate", the bitter green tea drunk with a metal straw from a hollowed out gourd by almost everyone in Argentina. Chango shows Banning the right, and the wrong way to make and drink it.

On the way back from the North East they stop in at the Anconetani accordion factory in Buenos Aires, the first Argentine handmade accordion company, to meet its octogenarian patron Nazereno Anconetani, for a tour of the workshops and a session with one of Chamame's elder statesmen, accordionist Tilo Escobar.

Presenter: Banning Eyre
Producer: Peter Meanwell.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Chango Spasiuk (accordion)

    Chango Spasiuk (accordion) Title unknown

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2010

  • Image for Sergio Tarnovsky (verdulera accordion) Roberto Rodriguez (guitar)

    Sergio Tarnovsky (verdulera accordion) Roberto Rodriguez (guitar) La Revoltosa

    Composer: Ramón "Tito" Aranda

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie in Apostoles, Argentina, May 2010

  • Image for Sergio Tarnovsky (verdulera accordion) Roberto Rodriguez (guitar)

    Sergio Tarnovsky (verdulera accordion) Roberto Rodriguez (guitar) Por Siempre Apostoles

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie in Apostoles, Argentina, May 2010

  • Image for Sergio Tarnovsky (verdulera accordion), Roberto Rodriguez (guitar) Chango Spasiuk (accordion)

    Sergio Tarnovsky (verdulera accordion), Roberto Rodriguez (guitar) Chango Spasiuk (accordion) Polka Rural

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie in Apostoles, Argentina, May 2010

  • Image for Sergio Tarnovsky (verdulera accordion) Roberto Rodriguez (guitar) Chango Spasiuk (accordion)

    Sergio Tarnovsky (verdulera accordion) Roberto Rodriguez (guitar) Chango Spasiuk (accordion) Gobernador Virasoro

    Composer: Luis Angel Monzon

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie in Apostoles, Argentina, May 2010

  • Image for Lalo Doreto (guitar & voice) Israel Machado (accordion) Lorenzo Gamon (guitar & voice)

    Lalo Doreto (guitar & voice) Israel Machado (accordion) Lorenzo Gamon (guitar & voice) Fiesta Campera

    Composer: Moncito Merlo

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie in Obera, May 2010

  • Image for Lalo Doreto (guitar & voice) Israel Machado (accordion) Lorenzo Gamon (guitar & voice)

    Lalo Doreto (guitar & voice) Israel Machado (accordion) Lorenzo Gamon (guitar & voice) Chamame

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie in Obera, May 2010

  • Image for Lalo Doreto (guitar & voice) Israel Machado (accordion) Lorenzo Gamon (guitar & voice)

    Lalo Doreto (guitar & voice) Israel Machado (accordion) Lorenzo Gamon (guitar & voice) Kilometre 11

    Composer: Transito Cocomarola

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie in Obera, May 2010

  • Image for Lalo Doreto (guitar & voice) Israel Machado (accordion) Lorenzo Gamon (guitar & voice)

    Lalo Doreto (guitar & voice) Israel Machado (accordion) Lorenzo Gamon (guitar & voice) Chamame

    Composer: Tarrago Ros

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie in ??, May 2010

  • Image for Tilo Escobar (accordion)

    Tilo Escobar (accordion) Chamame

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie at the Anconetani Accordion Factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2010

  • Image for Tilo Escobar (accordion)

    Tilo Escobar (accordion) Escobillando

    Composer: Ramón Estigarribia

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie at the Anconetani Accordion Factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2010

  • Image for Tilo Escobar (accordion)

    Tilo Escobar (accordion) El Tero

    Composer: Ernesto Montiel

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie at the Anconetani Accordion Factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2010

  • Image for Tilo Escobar (accordion)

    Tilo Escobar (accordion) Chamame

    Composer: Ernesto Montiel

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie at the Anconetani Accordion Factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2010

  • Image for Tilo Escobar (accordion) Chango Spasiuk (accordion)

    Tilo Escobar (accordion) Chango Spasiuk (accordion) La Ratonera (The Mouse Hole)

    Composer: Ernesto Montiel

    BBC Recording by sound engineer Andrew Smillie at the Anconetani Accordion Factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2010

  • Chango Spasiuk

    Chango Spasiuk

    Photo by Banning Eyre

    Chango Spasiuk
  • Chango Spasiuk with Lalo Doreto

    Chango Spasiuk with Lalo Doreto

    Chango Spasiuk (accordian) with Lalo Doreto (guitar & voice) Lorenzo Gamon (guitar & voice) Israel Machado (bandoneon) in Obera.

    Photo by Banning Eyre

  • Anconetani accordion factory

    Anconetani accordion factory

    Anconetani

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