By Jaden Ziner
The Kind of Music
Merengue is listened to in the Dominican Republic more commonly than anywhere else. Merengue is particularly associated with the Dominican Republic and the Dominicans. It is played most often at Latin clubs where the citizens can laugh and dance and enjoy the music. It's dance music and it's often associated with a good time vibe. It’s a mystery how merengue got it's name. It’s said that It was born as a dominican melody after the dominican victory at the Talanquera battle.
History of Merengue
Merengue was introduced in the mid 1800's. In the Dominican Republic Rafael Trujillo, ( their dictator ) promoted merengue as the country's national music and dance style. Merengue is considered to be the pride of the Dominicans and it’s seen by their culture as their very own style of music. It’s very important to them and they love the two step beat. The music is party and festive like music, there are no specific costumes for this music but every so often there are salsa congresses held including merengue music. Some famous artists are Wilfrido Vargas, Juan Luis Guerra, and Elvis Crespo.