The Dominican Republic is known for Merengue, which evolved from Dominican folk to become infectious, mambo-inspired dance music. Dictator Rafael Trujillo, an avid Merengue dancer who, once of humble origins, had been barred from elite dance clubs, declared the genre as music of the people and required urban dance bands to include it in their shows. The basic rhythm– 1-2, 1-2 — is simple, straightforward and highly danceable. Let Joe and Sarah teach you all about it: “If you can walk, you can dance the Merengue.”
COUNTRY: The Dominican Republic
KEY INSTRUMENTS: Accordion, Bass, Guiro, Guitar, Saxophone, Tambora, Trumpet
SONGS ON THE AATW: LATIN AMERICA CD: Cachumbambe, Goodbye, We Are Happy
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