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History of Tango | Excerpt: Differences between "compadrito", "guapo", and "malevo".

Compadrito's knife of the history of Argentine Tango.

Wondering what was the difference between "compadrito", "guapo", and "malevo"? Adrián Rodriguez Yemha offers us the results of his research:

Compadrito:

Dancer by nature, kind, friendly, always working honestly, neat, romantic, carried a knife and knew how to handle it very well if necessary.

Guapo:

Knives' man, neighborhood’ strong man, bodyguard of political leaders, they formed a family, many over time even ended up in an honest job.

Malevo: 

Pimp, ruffian, quarrelsome, of bad habits, treacherous, without any nobility, if he could stab in the back he did.

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