From streetside cafes to neighborhood salsa bars, from swanky discos to boom boxes on the beach, from lively floor-shows in the big resorts to the soft strumming of a single guitar in the barrio, Dominican music is everywhere. Bachata, the traditional music of the campo, salsa with its hot, sultry beat and the smooth, fluid sounds of well-orchestrated merengue; Dominican music is as much a part of the Dominican experience as anything else, maybe more. Blessed with a natural sense of rhythm and grace, most Dominicans embrace the allure of their island’s music as they respond to the primordial urges within us all and dance in celebration of the joy of life.
Juan Luis Guerra, Fernandito Villalona, Anthony Santos, Monchy y Alexandra, Tonio Rosario, Frank Reyes, The X Band and Los Toros band: the music of these and many other Dominican artists is rapidly gaining in popularity and leaping international boundaries. The resurgence of latin music throughout the world and the recent Grammy nomination of Juan Luis Guerra’s “Arioso” album have showcased Dominican music far beyond our island’s shores.
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