African Roots in Argentina


The African Arrivals to El Rio de la Plata

Host: Hello everyone welcome to AFROSAYA The Afro-Latino Podcast. Today in our show, we will start talking about what we intended from the beginning of this podcast, Blackness in the Americas. We will start talking about Afro-Latinos and their history, music, culture and more. Today we will start with Argentina and Afro-Argentines

Let’s beginning.

Once again welcome to Afrosaya, the Afro-Latino Podcast. I’m Alex Gutierrez. Today in our show, we will start with Argentina. This beautiful country is located in South America. The official name is República del Argentina and it shares borders with Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay. 

Argentina is the eight largest country in the world. It’s a Spanish speaking country and the capital city is Buenos Aires. Argentina is a very complex society. Imagine trying to understand Afro-Argentinians who are ARGENTINEAN people of Sub-Saharan African-descent. According to the census of 2010, 0.37% of the population identify as Afro-Argentine 

As Afro-Bolivian, I always assumed that Black people live in all of the Americas. Even thought, this is something that you won’t learn in schools. It is very unfortunate that in Argentina, there is this common believe that ARGENTINES are the whites people in Latin America and that they are straight descendants from Europeans, which it could be true, but my point is that Argentinians need to recognize that Black people who arrived in Argentina a while ago, are also part of Argentina.  

This systematic racial discrimination have been reported for many organizations. and I would like to share a report produced by TELESUR a multinacional television based in Venezuela, but has its branches in many other Latin American countries. 

The report starts mentioning that the Afro-descendant community in Argentina, has long struggled for recognition of its cultural contribution to the country. So let’s listen to the report and I will come back for more comments on this topic. 

Let’s highlight what the report also mentions. The Afro-Argentine population is the result of the slave trade during the centuries of Spanish domination of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata and that the port of entry in El Rio de la Plata had a major role in Argentina’s history and I will say in Chile and in Bolivia. In Argentina, throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, Black Slaves comprised up to fifty percent of the population and had a deep impact on national culture.

Speaking of a deep impact on national culture, let’s talk for for bit about Tango. This is perhaps the most lasting effect of black influence in Argentina. Tango, has one of the most characteristics of the festivities and ceremonies that Black slaves developed in what today we know as tango.

During slavery in many places, slaves organized meeting, but this meeting where in houses where only with the permission from their masters were allowed. Many other academics and experts in music, consider that the milonga, another traditional music/dance of Argentina, has its roots in Tango. 

There is very little information about Afro-Argentines who contributed to the history, culture, music, politics, literature and so on in Argentina. I would like to know more about Black people who contributed to the Tango, Milonga, literature and so on.

Today in Argentina, the Afro-Argentine community is beginning to emerge from the shadows. There are black organizations such as “Grupo Cultural Afro,” “SOS Racismo,” and perhaps the most important group “Africa Vive” that help to rekindle interest into the African heritage of Argentina. There are also Afro-Uruguayan and Afro-Brazilian migrants who have helped to expand the African culture. Afro-Uruguayan migrants have brought candomble to Argentina, while Afro-Brazilians teach capoeira, orisha. 

It has been well over a century since Argentina has reflected the African racial ancestry in its census count. Therefore, calculating the exact number of Afro-descendants is very difficult; however, Africa Vive calculates that there are about one million Afro-descendents in Argentina. The last census, carried in October 27, 2010, introduced, for the first time, the African ancestry survey.

African Descendants In Argentina Kwekudee 

New York Times: Argentina Rediscovers Its African Roots

I personally haven’t been in Argentina. I would like to visit visit Bueno Aires, the capital city, Rio de la Plata and also some of the border region that Argentina shares with Bolivia, Chile, and Uruguay. 

I know that the best parrillada (Barbecue) is in Argentina. They have the best beef and as I non-vegetarian person. I cannot wait to really taste the good food and wine of Argentina. 

Alright, if you want to know more about Afro-Argentines. I would like to propose the following. 

  • First, if you are outside Argentina. Look for information online about Afro-Argentinos. That would alert Google that people are looking for information about Black people in Argentina.
  • Second, participate of events and seminars where Afro-Argentina’s culture is the central topic. Ask questions and be an active listener in those events. 
  • Third, share information about Afro-Argentinos. If you are in Facebook, make friends with Afro-Argentines Organizations. Ask them about events and share their stories, photos and events. 
  • Finally, if you are in Argentina, recognize that Argentina is also NEGRA!

Fan Mail

There is a lot to talk at, but if you have questions or want to know something about Afro-Argentinos that we didn’t cover, you can email as as here or go to AFROSAYA and get in touch with us. 

With that let’s open the segment AFRO-MAIL. I want to shoutout to the people that are contributing financially to our show. We have 5 awesome Patreons that are supporting us. We called them Sayantis! So thank you guys!!!

I want to thank to the people are following us on IG, Facebook and Twitter. Our community in IG is growing and in Facebook we are currently about 600 people. Thats awesome. If you haven’t given us a like, please do it. We are as Afrosaya. 

I want to thank my friend Bryant Lomeli, who help to read some reports about our podcast. Let’s listen to the recording. 

Thank you Brian! I really hope you come back next week.

I also want to recommend some podcast:

  • I’ve been an active listener of Latinos Who Lunch. I love Faby Fav and Babelito. Awesome podcast. Disque Ready, by Luisito. Me encantan tus historias.
  • My Best Besti with Meliza and Amber (Love my girls!) I met them in during Movement Podcast in Los Angeles. I miss you, Girls. 
  • My new favorites are Historically Black, Frocast and AfroJack (which is more about music. that’s my Friday Podcast) 

Next week, I am gonna have more podcast to share and I have some favorite YouTube channels that I wanna share. 

If you have a favorite podcast that it is produced by an Afro-Latinos, Black people or a person of color, don’t forget to let me know. I also listen to other podcast that aren’t produce by people or color, so let me know what you are listening to. 


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