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Music and Dance in Dominican Republic

Music in Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic dance and music are an integral part of everyday life. Merengue is the most popular form of Dominican dance and the musical life.

In the Dominican Republic dance and music are an integral part of everyday life. Merengue is the most popular form of Dominican dance, and dominates the musical life too. Developed in the mid-19th century, and adapted from European dances, with Afro-Caribbean flavors and lively rhythms. It is considered the music of the Dominican people- and truly reflects society. Merengue forms the base of most traditional Dominican songs and has a huge presence in bars, streets, businesses and homes.

Bachata is also another form of Dominican music and dance that has grown in popularity. It originates from rural areas and has more of a melancholic beat to it. Its subjects are often focused on life in the country and romances.

Recently, rock and hip hop music artists in the Dominican Republic have become more prominent, with growing scenes in Santo Domingo and Santiago; the younger generations are turning more towards Western influences.

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