Global Beat Of The Boroughs: Dominican Republic

New York City, USA – A festival of Dominican music will take place on
Saturday, May 22, in New York City. The event is presented by The Center for
Traditional Music and Dance in association with Alianza Dominicana. The event
will also celebrate  release of

Quisqueya en el Hudson: Dominican Music in New York
, the new CD on
Smithsonian Folkways

The general concert: takes place at 8p.m. at the  Peter Norton Symphony
Space, Broadway at 95th Street, New York City. Tickets: (212) 864-5400 or visit

Featured artists:Luis Dias is a major innovator of bachata music and a pioneer in the fusion of
Dominican folk traditions. A composer, guitarist, singer and bandleader, Dias
has brought Dominican music to worldwide audiences.

Coco Merensón is a popular merengue/son orchestra based in the Bronx. They 
specialize in a fusion of Dominican music from the Villa Mella region where
Cuban son inspired its own fast paced Dominican variant.

Conjunto Folklórico of Alianza Dominicana is the youth music and dance ensemble
of the cultural program of Alianza Dominicana, the largest Dominican social
service organization in New York. Under the direction of Leonardo Iván Dominguez, this Conjunto performs and teaches folk and social dance, carnival
dance and music, ring games and other expressive traditions of the Dominican

The Conjunto will also present a participatory Kids Program at 1p.m. with
workshops in palos drumming and merengue dance and a performance of highlights
from the Dominican carnival traditions such as the diablos cahuellos masquerade
and processional gagá music and dance.

Doña Chicha: one of the most accomplished singers of the “salves” folk Catholic
tradition. For generations, her family has been performing the rites and music
associated with San Miguel (St. Michael), the celebration of the Virgen de la
Altagracia, Patronales del Espiritu Santo (the celebrations of the Holy Spirit),
and Velaciones, which are community gatherings for funerals.

Nero Olivares: singer and guitarist from San Francisco de Macoris in the
northern part of the Dominican Republic. In New York, he makes his home in
Inwood, where he has formed his own son quartet that appears on the Quisqueya
en el Hudson

Global Beat of the Boroughs is a series of concerts, CDs and family programs
celebrating world music and dance traditions emanating from the diverse
immigrant communities of New York’s five boroughs. Both the concerts and the
CDs, on
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, feature highly regarded cultural ambassadors of
music and dance from West Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

[Photos: 1 – Luis Dias. 2 – Coco Merensón. 3 – Doña Chicha].

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.