Archive for June 28th, 2011


The lyrics to “Con Alma De Tango” say, “I am the soul of tango full of anger and bitterness…I loved her with so much tenderness but she was not faithful and left…like yesterday, today I await her, needlessly…on this gray afternoon my soul is nonetheless full of hope…my wine cup is empty which the wine of memory now fills”…the author of those lines, Carlos Waiss, spoke from experience; he had his own great love that ended in bitter disappointment..a love that he never forgot and whose shadow was to be perennially  present in his writings…Waiss, born in Buenos Aires, was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants..early on he learned to love the night life especially drinking and gambling; he was fluent in Lunfardo…his writings reflected his own experiences and the drama of his friends and acquaintances in the clubs and bars where tango was nurtured…he was to say about himself, “Iam the tango”…


He was a big admirer of the poet Julian Centeya and a friend of Juan D’arienzo who asked him to write the lyrics to his composition “Con Alma De Tango”…it was recorded by the Alfredo De Angelis Orchestra with the voice of Carlos Dante on June 28, 1946…Carlos Dante was born to poor Italian immigrants in the neighborhood of Boedo in Buenos Aires…early on he left school to help support the family…he was working as an apprentice in a workshop with his destiny mapped out for him but he loved to sing…a friend of his father’s heard him sing one day and was impressed by young Carlo’s musical ability…he introduced him to a professional theater company through which he joined the Francisco Pracanico Orchestra…for ten years he was a daily presence on the legendary Glostora Tango Club with the Alfredo De Angelis Orchestra