Che Malambo is an all-male Argentine dance sensation that brings Gaucho traditions to the stage.
Che Malambo in New York City
After an exciting NYC debut in 2015 at New York City Center’s acclaimed Fall for Dance series, Che Malambo is coming to back New York in March, 2017.
On Stage at Kingsborough
Che Malambo also performs at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey on March 26.
About Che Malambo
Che Malambo is a fourteen-member troupe of stomping, drumming, twirling, and roaring male virility. We don’t get to see this very often in New York City. Don’t miss it.
To learn more about the artist, visit www.CheMalamboLive.com
If you spend any time in Argentine communities, you know that folkloric traditions are still respected, and they are exciting when you get a chance to see them.
The Malambo is an Argentine step dance from the 1600s. It is basically tap dancing in gaucho boots, and is done by men. There is a characteristic wiping movement with the outside or inside of the boot.
The Malambo was danced as a friendly competition like break dancing. It was showing off that you had better moves than the other guy.
The hand claps and toe taps of Malambo may remind you of Spanish Flamenco, but the dance actually has Native American influences from the Incas of Peru, the Mapuche of Chile, and the Guarani of Paraguay and Brazil.
Malambo drummers use the Bombo legüero, an Argentine drum made from a hollowed tree trunk and animal skins. It’s an American version of European military drums. The Bombo legüero has a very deep sound that will rattle your chest up close.
Dancing with Boleadoras is an exciting part of Malambo. Boleadoras are a Native American hunting weapon made of two or more balls tied together with rope. They are used to down cattle or game by entangling their legs.