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The bandoneon is an iconic musical instrument of both traditional tango, and its newer and bolder style of nuevo tango. Developed in 19th century Germany, this instrument quickly became national instruments of Argentina and Uruguay.
Argentina's dances are not only limited to the worldwide-known latin styles of tango and samba. This diverse country has a long history of developing countless types of folk and contemporary dances, ranging from those created by South American natives, to brand new dances that were introduced just decades ago.
Milonga dance is an important part of Argentine music history. It was born as a reaction to the influences of Cuban and Polish folk music, but its popularity enabled it to become one of the most important stepping stones in the creation of tango. Today, milonga dance and milonga music are celebrated as an important part of the Argentine cultural heritage.
Argentina music is best known for tango, but this large country is also the home to many other types of music, dance and singing styles of which most popular is folk music. Traditional music of Argentina is incredibly diverse, and its various forms easily reflect regional, cultural and climatic characteristics and influences of both domestic and foreign styles.