The merengue: a typically Dominican music and dance

Published on : 28 September 20223 min reading time

The marengue is a typical dance of the Dominican Republic, it is literally part of the national identity. In 2005, the dance was even officially recognized by a presidential decree. If you travel to Santo Domingo, you will see that no festive event takes place without music and dance. Marengue festivals are held in most Dominican cities.

To the rhythm of Marengue music and dance

In Santo Domingo, the inhabitants live daily to the rhythm of music and dance. They are excellent dancers and do not hesitate to dance spontaneously in parks, public places, or on the terraces of their houses. You can go to Santo Domingo to discover South American dances and music. Marengue, salsa, and bachata are well known all over the world. Wherever you are in the Dominican Republic, you’ll see that everything happens to the rhythm of Marengue music and dance. In fact, since 2016, Marengue has been on the list of Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The lyrics of the folk songs tell us about the daily life of the island’s inhabitants. The musical instruments used for the marengue are the guira, the taino, the tambora, and the Spanish accordion. Some marengue musicians are known worldwide, such as Johnny Ventura, Joseito Mateo, Fernando Villalona, and others.

Book a 100% musical Santo Domingo trip

To go to Santo Domingo, you can choose a 100% musical trip. Dance and music will accompany you at every moment, at every corner. You will be able to participate in authentic dance classes to progress and have fun with passionate people like you. You can dance marengue, bachata, salsa, and more, with your feet in the water and in the glow of the setting sun. In addition to your musical activities, you will visit the most beautiful sites in Santo Domingo, such as Puerto Plata, and enjoy cultural visits (cigar factory, rum distillery).

An exceptional musical culture

During your stay on the island, you will see that the Dominicans are introduced from a very young age to dances and music. Whatever their social background is, they dance and sing at every street corner or at any festive event. The north of Santo Domingo is considered the cradle of marengue, but its sphere of influence has spread far beyond Puerto Rico and has crossed the ocean to other Central and Latin American countries such as Cuba, Venezuela, and Colombia.

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