Old School v. New School: An example from South America

Cross posted at 1 to 1 Schools

This post is a bit different than the typical 1 to 1 Schools post. Different because the topic doesn’t directly relate to 1:1 schools and it’s from South America. Maybe this example will motivate you to look for other scenarios of 21st century change outside of your normal areas of focus.I find it to be an excellent exercise that keeps me fresh and looking forward.

Whether it’s videos, new technologies, or examples of children in today’s world, I find that it helps us better understand what”s happening around us. This past weekend I had the fortune of attending the Festival Natura Nos here in Sao Paulo. It wasn’t the headliners that caught my attention, but it was an Argentine-Uruguayan band named Bajofondo that caught my attention. Ever since my trip to Argentina years ago I have been fascinated with the Tango. The combination of the music and the dance can be mesmerizing.

For those of you that haven’t heard or seen tango for awhile this video of Old School tango will jog your memory.

Now take a look at Bajofundo’s New School – “Electrotango”. Notice the instruments, the lighting, the turntables, computers and the crowd. At the Natura Nos Festival the band had old black and white videos playing in the background. The music was great and the show was visually stimulating. The band doesn’t like the “electrotango” label since they consider their music a mix of “milonga and candombe, … rock, electronica and hip-hop.” It’s easy to see why the band has revived the tango with the younger crowd.

I wonder what the traditionalists are saying.

What examples of “Old School” v. “New School” do you have to share?

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2 comments

  1. THE METAPHOR IS SUPERB AND CONDUCIVE TO INFINITE REFLECTIONS ABOUT THE COMPLEXITY OF EDUCATION AS A HUMAN AND A SOCIAL ACT. DANCE TO THE MUSIC, DEVELOP CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF AND IN YOUR PARTNER, LISTEN TO THE MUSIC TO BE ABLE TO DANCE. THE TIME IS NOW!
    MORE FOOD FOR OUR THOUGHTS: NATURA NÓS FESTIVAL IS A TITLE WITH STRONG IMAGERY AS WELL. NÓS AND KNOTS, NOS AND WE NÓS AND THE NET.
    OBRIGADA, BLAIR. ABRAÇO!

  2. Exactly, the metaphor is wonderful! Bajofondo and Gotan Project, for example, show us that tradition and technology can go very well together and, in this case, compose a sublime harmony, involving all senses.

    Abraço, Blair!

    Dri.

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