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Dominican Republic Merengue

Dominican Republic Merengue - Music in the Dominican...

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Music in the Dominican Republic: Merengue  10/03/2008 12:01:00 EARLY HISTORY Decline of Ta í no population (Quisqueya) Slave import- African culture Scant mineral resources o Spanish neglect Colonial government Haitian independent government (1822-1844) o Spanish cultural presence? o French cultural presence? (1795) o Local cultural development (1500s-1800?) Politically fragmented (1844-ca. 1916) Economic and urban development? o Plantation economy? (weak) o Social role of slavery? Economic insolvency and instability (1844 ff.) o Divisiveness: “caudillos” Organized political structure US occupation (1916-1924) Rafael Trujillo Ethnic awareness? Middle and upper classes: Spain Afro-Dominicans: “indios oscuros” Africaness: politics of ethnicity Negritud: Haiti o Nationalism vis- à -vis Haiti
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o Afro-Caribbean denial African heritage West African and Congolese traditions o Yemay á
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  • Spring '08
  • Ramos-Kitrell
  • Music, instrumental creolization Merengue, Paseo merengue jaleo, Early fold merengue, development MERENGUE TIPICO, Merengue típico cibaeño

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