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Music of Dominican Republic

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Music is very important in the Dominican way of life. It is said that Dominican children can dance before they can walk. Everywhere you go in the country can be heard some type of music. Be it Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, Reggaeton.or Merengue de Calle. Here in Dominican Republic as soon as there is music is seems that there is always someone dancing along. Even when a car passes playing music you can see someone in the street doing a little dance step to the passing music. It is contagious. You will find in no time that you may be doing the same little dance moves as the Dominicans because the music makes you want to get up and move. This is one of the many reasons we love our country!
The traditional dancers of Dominican Republic. These style dancers put on exhibitions throughout the country. They are enjoyable to watch with their traditional clothing and smiling faces.

traditional dancers dominican republic in traditional dress
traditional dominican republic dancers
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There are many outdoor concerts held in Santo Domingo. Many larger concerts are held at the Plaza Juan Baron near the Obelisco Macho on the Malecon, Plaza Güibia and also Avenida del Puerto Francisco Alberto Caamaño Deñó, near the river Ozama at the ferry stop.

There are also free out door concerts held by the Tourism and Cultural Departments.
*Plaza España every Friday and Saturday in Colonial Zone is a cultural presentation called Santo Domingo de Fiesta.
*Every Sunday night listen to some local talent, Grupo Bonje and dance under the stars at the Ruinas del Monasterio de San Francisco. This is also free and it is a great time! So come on and enjoy the music, dancing, people and drink. All done by the light of the moon. To see some pictures and a video of the fun at the Ruinas with Grupo Bonyé visit the Colonial Zone News Blog. For more events and concerts in the Colonial Zone visit the Colonial Zone News Blog.
Street musicians are a normal site in the Colonial Zone area and elsewhere throughout the country of Dominican Republic. If you see them playing in a restaurant or walking the streets give them $100 pesos to play you a few songs. You can just sit back and enjoy the original entertainment along with all the people around you. Maybe even dance to the song. These musicians love entertaining you and watching you enjoy yourself and you'll also be helping them out with your donation.

Watch the video below I took in Parque Colon. Note the passer by lady had to stop and dance a little with the guia  (that is the metal tube type thing with little bumps) player. 
dominican republic street musicians playing typical music in Colonial Zone Dominican Republic
dominican republic street musicians
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some roving musicians
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Musicians in Colon Park playing musica tipica / typical music of Dominican Republic. Watch the video above to hear them play.
Many Dominican singers use catch phrases in their songs. You can get their music from iTunes. Click the link

Alex Bueno - "Ayyy, Dio mio"

Sergio Vargas - “¡Villa!” “¡Villa!”

Johnny Ventura - “Oye, que rico mami”

Hermanos Rosario -  ¡Bomba mi hermano!

El Jeffrey - “Averao como el burro e´ Chucho”

Eddy Herrera - “Bobí, bobí”, ¡Hay... papá! y “Sabroso negra”

Fernando Villalona -  “¡Esoooo!”

Kinito - “Su amigo, su amigo"

Zacarias Ferreira - "Zacarias Ferreira, para te"

Ruby Perez - "Me voy"
If you want to experience Dominican music and have no idea where to start your search or what to search for. These are my suggestions of must haves. This is a variety of music all from our little island in the Caribbean.
Alex Bueno music on iTunes
Sergio Vargas music at iTunes
Johnny Ventura music on iTunes
Swing a Domicilio - Los Hermanos Rosario
Las Avispas - Los Merengues Del Casandra
Eddy Herrera music on iTunes
Amigo - Fernando Villalona
Sigo Siendo el Hombre Merengue - Kinito Mendez
Zacarías Ferreira music on iTunes
Ruby Perez music at iTunes
Arsenio De La Rosa: Historia Dominicana
Real Merengue Typico and other Dominican music. A must for your Dominican Republic music collection.
Singer-percussionist Chichi Peralta. We love this disc.
Chichi Peralta: ...De Vuelta Al Barrio
Xiomara Fortuna & Sinhora Band - Jazz Fusion of Caribbean rhythms. She plays live throughout the Dominican Republic often.
Xiomara Fortuna: Paseando
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Radio Macana - Luis Días & Las Maravillas. He was one of the most loved Dominican rock musicians ever.
Luis Días & Las Maravillas: Radio Macana
A Night In Dominican Republic - Various Artists at iTunes A must have for anyone looking for an album that has a variety of Dominican merengue music
 



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