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Musically, the Dominican Republic is known for creating the musical style called merengue, a type of fast paced and danceable music that consists of a tempo around 120 to 160 pulses per minute from musical elements such as drums, metal, string instruments, and accordion, as well as some elements of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, such as the tambora and la güira .

In its origins, the merengue was interpreted with stringed instruments (bandurrias). Years later, the string instruments were replaced by the accordion conforming, together with the güira and tambora, the instrumental structure of the typical merengue ensemble. This set, with its three instruments, represents the synthesis of the three cultures that conformed the idiosyncrasy of the Dominican culture.

The European influence comes to be represented by the Accordion, the African by the Tambora Although some areas of the Dominican Republic, especially in the Cibao and in the Northwest Line, there are still typical groups with similar characteristics, such as those pioneers, this rhythm was evolving throughout the twentieth century. First, with the introduction of new instruments such as saxophone and later with the emergence of complex orchestras with instrumental sections of winds.

Hispaniola, an island comprising the present countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic has produced large sounds throughout the centuries.

Merengue has played a very important role in developing the Cuban danced and danced.

Meringue emerged in the area of ​​Santiago de los Caballeros, in the region known as Cibao, as a descendant of a mixture between black African rhythms and European "contradanse" during the middle of the 19th century and continued to absorb more African and Creole elements.

The merengue is played in moderate tempo, fast rhythm and binary rhythm, alternating verses and choruses and its structure was composed by the walk, which has been suppressed, the merengue, which has elongated, and the jaleo, modified. Around the merengue rhythm has generated an extensive and still lively controversy, since two forms of execution coexist. Between 1937 and 1950 merengue was promoted internationally by groups such as Billo's Caracas Boys, Chapuseaux and Damirón "Los. (Also known as the typical merengue) was the first form of merengue and its origin is in the fields of the Cibao and the Northwest Line. The Perico Ripiao is played with güira, tambora and accordion.

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The songs of the Perico Ripiao are different to the merengue of orchestra or band. Songs, simple verses with poetic phrases, sometimes take the form of tenths or quatrains where the third and fourth verses are repeated but in reverse order (the third verse becomes sixth and the fourth fifth is ABCDDC). The Perico Ripiao has a fast pace and is much more popular in the Cibao (in the Cibaeño fields) than in the capital of the Republic.

Merenrap , or meren-rap, is a style of hip hop music that was formed by the merger between the Dominican merengue and the rapper. The first song of this genre was "I Am Chiquito (No Inventes Papito, No Inventes)" by Santi Y Sus Duendes and Lisa M in 1990. Other important artists are Proyecto Uno Pakito Baeza: Merengue Pattern of Conga Pakito Baeza: Merengue Slow Cuban-Bachata ​​b> Pakito Baeza: Merengue of Puerto Rico


His subjects are often romantic (commonly called amargue) , especially with lyrics of anguish and sadness. ). Bachata was born and is still closely related to the Bolero.

The so-called Latin American rhythmic bolero from the 1930s to the 1950s penetrated the folkloric taste of the Dominicans. These boleros were mixed with other Latin American expressions that were very popular in the 1950s in the Dominican as the Mexican buck, the bupa, the Cuban bolero, , the aisle , the Peruvian waltz , among others.

It was the cante of authors and singers like Julio Jaramillo (from Ecuador) and Olimpo Cárdenas ; Paquitín Soto, Odilio González (El Jibarito de Lares), Manito's Cock, José Antonio Salamán, Felipe Rodríguez and Daniel Santos (from Puerto Rico); Rolando Laserie, Bienvenido Granda, Orlando Contreras, Celio González, Orlando Vallejo and Antonio Machín (from Cuba); Guty Cárdenas, Luis and Tony Aguilar, and Cuco Sánchez (from Mexico); and Felipe Pirela (from Venezuela) who inspired popular musicians like José Manuel Calderón (musician), Tommy Figueroa , Innocent Cross , and Rafael Encarnación , to articulate an expression of the Dominican Republic from the 1960s.

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