What is the musical expression that best represents the Dominican people?

The Dominican people, like all Afro-Caribbeans, enjoy music in multiple expressions.

Dominicans enjoy music, listen to it, dance to it and “live” it, regardless of places, times or reasons.

The old expression “land of merengue”, to refer to the Dominican Republic, does not correspond to the historical reality and much less the present. The Dominican Republic has created many musical expressions, has welcomed others that have emerged in sister countries, and has enriched them.

The merengue, the mangulina, the criolla, the carabiné, the atabales, the salve, the bachata, among many others, are Dominican. In recent years, Dominican youth have made rap, denbow and reggaeton, among other imported forms of so-called urban music, their own and have given them their own identity.

In the survey on popular tastes, we asked:

What is the musical expression that best represents the Dominican people?

Merengue típico
36.36%

Traditional orchestral merengue
34.09%

Street merengue
2.27%

The mangulina
0%

La salve
0%

Carabiné
0%

Creole
4.55%

Bachata
20.45%

Other
2.27%

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