The Best Voice of Tango Comes to San Miguel
By Sandra Ríos
As part of the celebration of the wine harvest in La Santísima Trinidad, will be honored as the greatest living interpreter of tango on August 22, Argentinan, and living in Mexico for 42 years Hugo Jordán, born in Santa Fe. Here is his exclusive interview with Atención. For more information, please call 418 120 3096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. La Santísima Trinidad is on the road to Dolores Hidalgo, Km 25.
Sandra Ríos: What made you want to sing tangos?
Hugo Jordan: My father instilled in me, since I was nine years old, to sing tangos. Besides, the whole family from my mom are singers. I have more blood from my mother and from age nine was I singing tango and Argentina folk music, and then I studied singing.
SR: So how long have you been singing?
HJ: I am celebrating 50 years. I will celebrate it the 19th and 20th of this month at Teatro Hidalgo of Mexico City with an orchestra, dancers, and guest artists.
SR: For you, what is tango?
HJ: It’s my life. My conception of tango is an emotion, an experience, something that is danced and sung but with an experience of life, because you cannot sing tango without having lived. There is little tango in Argentina that is sung by women; the tango is always the voice of a man who sings that he has been abandoned by a woman. We are from the Argentina that is a woman. The Argentines, we have a matriarchy.
SR: And you sing to your hometown, that is your mother, your wife and your country…
HJ: What we most sing is to the land, to Buenos Aires, where we were born. We are a matriarchy, we are guys oppressed by women, and Argentina is the only country in the world that already has two presidents that are women. And I tell you, there are truths that are very strong, like the tango is 90 percent of Uruguay and Argentina 10 percent; Argentines do not recognize that and they have to admit it. The most important tango is called “La Cumparsita” and it is Uruguayan.
SR: How do you see the tango scene in Mexico?
HJ: I see it very well, because I have 50 years singing, 42 of which I have sung in Mexico. In fact, recently, I got the prize Gaviota (Premio Internacional Gaviota) as a tribute to my career, and I am very grateful to this country. I have a phrase given me by a man whom I love with all my heart, Mr. Jacobo Zabludovsky, a phrase I want put on my tombstone. It is: “Hugo Jordan, a Mexican born in Argentina.”
SR: With whom have you shared the stage over these years?
HJ: I’ve shared the stage with Frank Sinatra in La Vegas. I also sang in the first wedding of the Shah of Iran. I have shared the stage with many very important singers, and from tango with all, like with Hugo del Carril who is my godfather and one of the greatest singers of tango, in the world. I also integrated the most important tango company that is called “Tango Argentino.” We toured 45 countries in the first round, 50 in the second round, and 48 in the third.
SR: How many albums do you have?
HJ: Twenty-one in Mexico and two in Argentina. The latter is called “Sabor a Tango” and now I’m preparing one called “Tango de Oro” with the Mexican Tango Orchestra.
SR: Now that you are coming to sing at the harvest festival of La Santísima Trinidad, what are you going to sing?
HJ: I will sing the most famous tangos, and I will bring my bandoleón, that is a boy of 22 years and he will play for tread grapes. I will also bring a couple of tango dancers.
SR: Anything else you would like to add?
HJ: It gives me great pleasure to go there with you. I will sing with all the soul.