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Introducing your 2017 festival DJs

DJ Anthony el Mafioso

With a great knowledge and passion for tango, and collection of many rare and unavailable tracks, El Mafioso offers an unforgettable evening for those who really appreciate tango.

Anthony-El Mafioso is a principal of Sydney tango school ‘Tango Spirit’ and the resident DJ at Tango Spirit's Milongas Sydney. Has been invited to DJ to many places and festivals around the world: Santiago, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Ljubljana (Slovenia), Istanbul (Turkey).

He also runs DJ Classes in Sydney and around the world (www.tangodj.com.au).

“I loved Tango since I saw my parents dancing it. I am passionate about tango music - in fact I am almost obsessive about the music, and constantly on a never-ending mission for new music for dancers to enjoy.” I am obsessed with digitizing the vinyls and remove the static noise yet preserving the original sound quality.

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Anthony will be DJ Saturday night at the 2017 New Zealand Tango Festival, at Noches de Chanteclier.

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DJ Peter Williamson

Dj peter3After 15 years of dancing and competing in Ballroom dancing (inc. a NZ title in 2000) Peter discovered the addiction of "Argentine Tango" in 2000. After a couple of years learning to dance this "wonderful new dance form", he was driven to orchestrate the tango music of the night as a DJ.  As well as having great respect for the traditions and culture that are an integral part of Argentine Tango, Peter pays attention to the natural mood changes during the evening, which is vital to keeping up the energy of the Milonga.

"My main emphasis is on music that you want to dance to! As a dancer I prefer to dance as a Milongero, loving that wonderful, special, relationship you can get with the music and your partner. And I believe the quality of the sound is vitally important, for the music to have its own presence on the dance floor as the third party in the dancing relationship."

With his technical skills as an Audio Visual Technician and his great knowledge of tango music gleaned over 4 visits to Buenos Aires, he has been the main DJ over the past 9 years at the New Zealand Tango Festival in Wellington. He also DJs for some of the regular Wellington Milongas and Practicas (as well as teaching tango over the past couple of years).

"In a tango festival, my highlight is always the final night's Milonga when everyone crowds together, relaxes, and dances till they drop!"

Peter will be DJ Thursday night at the 2017 New Zealand Tango Festival, at the Warm-up Milonga.


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DJ Jamie Gifford

Dj Jamie GiffordJamie started his tango journey in Canberra in 2008, but really fell in love with tango and tango music during an extended stay in Buenos Aires over several years. It’s the music and character of the those downtown BsAs milongas which forms his “tango home”. He started DJing in Europe as a way of keeping his connection to Buenos Aires alive. Jamie now lives in Melbourne where he enjoys playing the music of the salons of Buenos Aires for the Melbourne crowd.  Jamie is fascinated by the immense variety of golden age tango, how each orchestra has its own unique flavour and how each dancer has their own response to the music that we all know and love. As a DJ, his hope is that the dancers will be able to leave the milonga with something that they did not have when they entered the hall!

Jamie will be DJ Friday night at the 2017 New Zealand Tango Festival, at Noche de Ensueno.

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DJ Nelson Mastrodomenico

Dj Nelson Mastrodomenico2An audiophile native from Colombia, Nelson has been passionate about tango music and its history since 1995. He has been collecting original tango music in vinyl records even since. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia where he can often be heard singing along whilst DJing.

Nelson will be DJ Sunday night at the 2017 New Zealand Tango Festival, at La Ultima Milonga.

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