Argentine Folk with Sofía R. and Sofia T.
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Genre and Artist Overview
Sofía Rei grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and cosmopolitan center; Sofia Tosello grew up on a farm in the Argentine countryside. They found each other in New York City, where each has honed her own singular musical style, growing from deep roots in Argentine traditions and encompassing a range of influences, including pop, classical, and particularly jazz.
Like the two performers, Argentina’s traditional music has parallel rural and urban strands. The music of the cities is characterized by tango, a musical style and dance born in Buenos Aires in the 19th century, blending European and African elements. A rural, folk counterpart to tango that developed at the same time is the chacarera—the song style and dance that the students will be learning.
Meet Sofía R. and Sofia T.!
Introduce your students to Sofía R. and Sofia T. with this “Meet Sofía R. and Sofia T.” video. Visit the video index to watch all the videos for Sofía R. and Sofia T. and the other Program Two artists.
Introduce students to Sofía R. and Sofia T. with the Meet Sofía R. and Sofia T.! (PDF) digital resource.
Students learn to sing the chorus to “La Cocinerita”; understand the song’s 6/8 rhythms; and create soundscape compositions using kitchen sounds.
Students learn to sing the song “Chacarera del Rancho” and dance the chacarera while exploring rhythmic layers.
Resources for Teachers
The following resources provide background information about the musical genre and culture. Some are intended to be shared with students; others are for teachers who may want to explore further on their own.
- Visit sofiamusic.com to hear more music by Sofía R. and sofiatosello.com to hear more music by Sofia T.
- Mercedes Sosa, “La Flor Azul”
- Maria Elena Walsh, “Chacarera de los Gatos”
- Tomás Lipán, “El Humahuaqueño”
- Merceditas, “Los Chalchaleros”
- Suna Rocha, “Punai,” and “La Sachapera”
- Argentine Folk Songs, Octavio Corvalan
- “Chacarera” from The Dances of the World’s Peoples, Vol. 3: Caribbean and South
- The Latin Tinge: The Impact of Latin American Music on the United States, John Storm Roberts
- Las Manchas Del Sapo: How the Toad Got His Spots, Majorie E. Herrmann