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Channelling the voice of tango

Hector del Curto grew up listening to tango music. He says he heard it from the womb. So it was no surprise when, at 11 years old, he took up the Argentine accordion, the bandoneon.

The bandoneon originated as an instrument to accompany religious processions in Germany, but ended up in the bodegas of Buenos Aries.

At 17, del Curto was named "Best Bandoneon Player under 25" in Argentina. He has performed with great tango legends like Osvaldo Pugliese on stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall.

The BBC caught up with del Curto in Houston at the city's International Festival to see him play the Bandoneon, an instrument often called the voice of tango.