Today, we commemorate the passing away, 17 years ago, of one of the most influential, talented and prolific tango poet, Enrique Cadícamo.

Cadícamo was born in General Rodríguez, a province of Buenos Aires. His first book of poems, Canciones Grises, dates back to 1926. He worked extensively with Gardel, and wrote the last tango that Gardel recorded on November 6, 1933 before his last tour: the tango “Madame Ivonne”.

A lot of the songs you enjoy dancing on at milongas have been written by Cadícamo, each of which is more beautiful than the other. We’ve translated quite a few, so have a browse below. Watch the videos to hear the song and read the translation in English at the same time.

Son cosas del bandoneón

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Llorar por una mujer

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Pa’ que bailen los muchachos

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Other songs

A otra cosa che pebeta: Read the lyrics and the commentary

Adiós Arolas: Read the lyrics and the commentary

Sollozo de bandoneón: Read the lyrics and the commentary

Tres esquinas: Read the lyrics and the commentary