Tango has been integral to Finland for over a hundred years,and this week one of the largest tango festivals in the world kicks off again as 100,000 people descend on the town of Seinäjoki for the annual Tangomarkkinat to dance the Finnish variety of tango that developed in isolation for much of the 20th century. Find out about Finnish tango and check out Tangalo’s recent performances in Canberra this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image credit: Ann Smith – Tángalo playing Smith’s Alternative in Canberra, June 2018.


  • Alma De Bohemia, from Pedro Laurenz, recorded on 15 July 1943 with Alberto Podestá singing, a tango originally written in 1928 by Roberto Firpo and with lyrics by Juan Andres Caruso.
  • Liljankukka, meaning ‘Lily Flower’, a Finnish tango sung by Henry Theel in 1945.
  • Satumaa, meaning ‘Fairyland’; a Finnish tango sung by Reijo Taipale in 1962, and composed by Unto Mononen, a significant early composer of Finnish tango.
  • Punatukkaiselle Tytolleni, meaning ‘To My Red-Headed Girl’; composed by Olavi Virta and here sung by him in 1967.
  • Tangon Kotimaa, meaning ‘Homeland of Tango’; a Finnish tango from  Tango-orkesteri Unto, recorded in 2010 with Pirjo Aittomäki singing, composed in 1996 by Taisto Wesslin and with lyrics by Pauli Ylitalo.
  • La Yumba, a tango from Osvaldo Pugliese, written by him and then recorded by him on 26 December at the Colon Theatre in Buenos Aires.
  • Milonga Del Ángel, meaning ‘Dance Of The Angel’; recorded by Astor Piazzolla in 1985; a concierto with music composed by Astor Piazzolla in 1965.

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