The D.R. loves Merengue

Merengue evolved from Dominican folk music to become an infectious, mambo-inspired dance. While the basic rhythm– 1-2, 1-2 — inspires the dancer to march, the real magic of merengue comes in the ways dancer keep constantly moving their hips. The Dominican Republic’s “Generalissimo” Rafael Trujillo, an avid merengue dancer who, once of humble origins, had been barred from elite dance clubs, declared merengue as the music of the people and forcefully required urban dance bands to include it in their shows.