Music: Heading North

The samba has been Brazil's favorite rhythm so long that even hymns and the national anthem now bounce in samba time. Last week in Rio de Janeiro for the first time in six years, a tango swept the town. Cariocas crowded the Teatro Carlos Gomez, an old vaudeville house in the old quarter of downtown Rio to hear a pretty, black-eyed Argentine import named Chola Luna sing the hit tune Adiós, Pampa Mia.

Adiós first took hold in Rio when a recording by co-author Francisco Canaro Argentina's "Mr. Tango," outsold the best carnival sambas. Canaro promptly rushed Chola up to press...

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