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Music from the Dominican Republic

Music from the Dominican Republic. Santo Domingo.

Vol. 1 - The Island of Quisqueya. Produced by Smithsonian-Folkways Recordings. Santo Domingo, 1976. Spanish. 46 minutes. [English notes]

This 10-track field music recording from 1976 features Afro-Dominican and guitar ballads from Santo Domingo, Samaná and Villa Mella regions in the Dominican Republic. Featuring Goyo Caminero, Heraldo Enriques, Pablo Jirón, Saturnino Enriques, Santos Jimenes, Colón Jimenes, Damito Jimenes, Isabel Jimenes, Nicolás Guitierres, Porfirio Rosario, Santo Peña, Seseco Martínez, Bicolo Avila, María Isabel Trinidad, Licinio Modesto, Erasmo Errera, Julio and Virgilio Errera.


Vol. 2 - The Island of Española. Produced by Smithsonian-Folkways Recordings. Santo Domingo, 1976. Spanish. 40 minutes. [English notes]

This 9-track field music recording from 1976 features Afro-Dominican work songs and guitar ballads from four distinct regions in the Dominican Republic that have a high concentration of Afro-Dominicans: Santo Domingo, Baní, Samaná and Villa Mella. Featuring Ernesto Marine, Ventura Peguero, Santiago Guerrero, Armando Pérez, Amancia Pérez, Carlos Enriques, Raphael Peguero, Carlos Peguero, Manuel Ventura, Tomas Aginó de León, María Isabel Trinidad, Elvira Díaz, Pablo Jióon, Bederminio Enriques, Saturnino Enriques and Mildred Alberto.


Vol. 4 - Songs from the North. Produced by Smithsonian-Folkways Recordings. Santo Domingo, 1978. Spanish. 44 minutes. [English notes]

This 14-track field music from 1977 recording features Afro-Dominican and Catholic death ritual songs as well as work songs and Spanish influenced love ballads performed in the Northern countryside of the Dominican Republic. Featuring Francisco Sánchez, Juan Pablo Paolín, Santo de la Cruz, Tomas Sánchez, Feliz Gómez, Aquilino Sánchez, Juan María Peña, Llario Sánchez, Andre Rodríguez Peña, Juan Mequita, Papito Gómez, Francisco Gómez Cruz, Bruno Canela, Mercedes Sánchez, Petrolina Clase, Anna Rosa Sánchez, Maíia Isabel Trinidad, Miguel A. Burdie, Carlos Antonio Peña, Amado Salo, Fausta José Taveras, Augustín José Taveras, Francisco Burdie, and Juan José Cruz.