There’s something about Tango dancing and music which seldom fails to stir the soul. This very sexual dance you see now, was born out of the reality for men in those old days,” says photographer David Hicks, who, during a trip to Argentina, captured some wonderful shots which perfectly evoke the sound and feel of the music. Hicks further explains: “The Tango, a now-popular dance between a man and a woman, started in it’s current form in the mid 1800s, after a massive migration to Argentina, mostly by men. Because men outnumbered women by quite some number, the only way for a man to get close to a woman was via a brothel or by dance. The men practiced together, as you’d have to be a great dancer to get a woman’s attention.”

For more fascinating photographs, see also Hicks’ fascinating documents of Cuban musicians and dancers. “In Cuba,” says Hicks, “they live for their music. It’s everything to them, and they’re very good at it.” After the initial outlay of buying the instrument of choice,” he goes on, “it’s very cheap to enjoy. There’s not much in the way of other distractions so practise is easy.” Both sets make for fascinating documents of how music entwines with our lives.

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