Characteristics of The Merengue
Merengue is usually written in 2/4. The main instruments/arrangements for this type of tambourines, saxophones, drums, the accordion and the güira. Also, Merengue can be played with vocal arrangements. Merengue can usually be found playing at the Santo Domingo Merengue Festival, and at night clubs. You can usually wear whatever you'd like when dancing the merengue. Some famous artists associated with Merengue are Elvis Crespo(Suavemente), Wilfrido Vargas(Volvere), Harry Belafonte(Jump in the Line) and Buster Poindexter(Hot, Hot, Hot).
This is a percussion instrument used in Merengue. It is made out of metal that is rolled up into a cylinder.
Another instrument used in Merengue.
The artist, Elvis Crespo, is well known for this song, and others as well. There is a link to this song at the bottom. (:
The projected future of Merengue is very promising, as they have developed a different type of Merengue. Merengue today is still associated with the Dominican Republic and can be found in festivals and night clubs.