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    Quote Originally Posted by tflea View Post
    La barriga tiene el plomo en mi caso!
    Never said I could dance, but sure appreciate those who can.
    Supongo que la referencia a mamob es como 'soul', que se siente en los huesos. And I agree about having not grown up with merengue I'll never get it. I likely won't. Just like a merenguero won't ever appreciate roadhouse blues I reckon, which I grew up with.
    so wait you're dissing merengue dances for being too simple yet you cant even perform the simple steps? :| what the hell?

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    Question Huh

    I may have read this thread wrong, but doesn't it say top Dominican Musicians? Nobody is discussing say, the top 10 names in music here? What does dance steps have to do with this thread? Just my point of view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waytogo View Post
    I may have read this thread wrong, but doesn't it say top Dominican Musicians? Nobody is discussing say, the top 10 names in music here? What does dance steps have to do with this thread? Just my point of view.
    Thank you,

    Ramon Orlando itself can be counted on to the best musicians performers in the DR, as he makes magic with his piano, you can see him perform in the posted videos. Another name to mention is Katarey, the JLG percussionist who died in the late 80's in a tour in Venezuela.

    Here is a Katarey video:
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    I love music and appreciate good musicians. My question would be: why do these excellent Dominican musicians play similar types of beats most of the time? Don't they get bored? Is this some sort of expression of national pride to play merengue and bachata most of the time?

    I like to move to these beats, but it does get boring to do the same thing over and over again in a class. Students get bored too We, instructors always look for variety of styles to keep students occupied. There is not that much variety in the Dominican music unfortunately.

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    I see. So, the audience expects musicians to play certain beats, and they behave accordingly to get paid. But what do Dominicans themselves like to listen? Only merengue, salsa and bachata? Maybe they just don't have as much access to different genres of music as people in the US and Europe? They would probably like variety of styles if they got to know those a little better.

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    Most likely those musicians know how to play different styles of music, for example Joe Nicolas the bass player is a rock/jazz player originally, but that economically isn't feasible in the DR, so he opted to play merengue in bands here so he can get his "sustento" for him and his family. It is the same with the guitar and bass players in Aventura, they both are rock player at heart.

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    This is a very good topic but you guys have this thread all over the place.
    If it is "Top Dominicans Musicians why are you guys talking about genres?
    the topic is not "Top Dominican Genres" All you guys talk about is merengue
    when referring to top dominicans musicians when in fact many of the top
    dominicans musicians could tell you they have never recorded a merengue in
    their lives. And that just shows how narrow your knowledge is when it comes
    to top dominicans musicians. Here are some of them

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    I found this list: Top 100 : Musician - Music - Dominican Republic in theWIPlist.com

    It mentions three names at the top:
    Juan Luis Guerra
    Michel Camilo
    Johnny Pacheco

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    When I lived in the DR, I listened to radio 6, quatachita(I don't know the exact spelling). There were a lot of love songs played back then, in 1964-67 when I was there. Our maid, Mersadies, listened to it and would teach me spanish, I forgot it because no one spoke it to me when I returned to the US. If any DR musicians want to break into the world scene, they must sample what the rest of the world is listening too. Spanish speaking countries everywhere have their top 10 list, as well as other language venues. Three minute tunes are the best bet because the average person gets bored after that and tunes out. I am an internationally known musician in the english speaking world and have several 3 minute tunes that are played on the radio. One of my tunes plays for 15 minutes and 07 seconds, Epiphany, is all music played with 2 insruments, but sounds like more. If you listen to it, try to guess which ones I used, if you can.

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    Lets really confuse the thread by asking who are the Top Dominican Magicians.

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