Dominican Republic Music
If you like Dominican Republic Music, you have come to the right place.
...Your plane lands...you can't wait
As you start making your way towards the immigrations' desk...
you hear the music...
A few minutes later...you are done with papers, you start moving along...
And that's when you think to yourself: "This is going to be a great vacation!"
But it doesn't really
Dominican Music puts you
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Merengue is Dominican Republic's National Music and dance style.
There are three types of Merengue Music today:
The instruments used to play Merengue are:
• The Güira or Guira
A cylindrical percussion instrument
This metal scraper
• The Tambora
A two headed drum made of
Tamboras are of African origin.
• The Accordion
This instrument of European
These three typical instruments represent the three cultures that make the Dominican Republic today.
This is a guitar based music that has recently evolved from boleros. Bachata music is very popular.
It wasn't always like that though. It was banned from TV and radio during Trujillo's 30 year dictatorship. After Trujillo's death in 1960 Bachata artists started recording albums. Its popularity could not be denied.
But in the 70's it was still not accepted in radios, television or high society venues. It was considered music of the lower class or poor barrios (neighborhoods).
By the 80's this music was outselling Merengue music and could not be stopped.
Merengue and Bachata are the most typical Dominican Republic Music.
Reggaeton or Regaton
Reggaeton or Regaton is an adaptation of Jamaican Reggae (I'm sure you guessed that!).
The lyrics of Jamaican Reggae were translated to Spanish and sang over the original music. That's how "Spanish Reggae" or "Reggae en Español" came about.
In the 80's Reggae was mixed with Hip Hop and that's how Reggaeton got its start.
In 2004 Reggaeton or Regaton became popular in the United States.
"Gasolina" by Daddy Yankee, from his album Barrio Fino.
"La Tortura - Shaketon Remix" by Shakira, from her album Fijacion Oral - Vol 1
No matter what your style is, Dominican Republic Music is contagious and fun! and it'll keep you dancing...
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