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Music from the Dominican Republic: Vol. 2, The Island of Española

Various Artists
Music from the Dominican Republic: Vol. 2, The Island of Española

In the Dominican Republic, syncretism between African traditions and Catholicism often manifests itself in songs and rituals. On this album "Sarandunga," a celebration that honors St. John the Baptist, offers an excellent example. Another selection, “Guay, guay, guay,” features melismatic singing and polyrhythmic percussion created by palos drums (a cylindrical drum of African origin). "Morena Linda (Beautiful Black Woman)" and "Caminan las Nubes (The Clouds Are Moving)" feature strummed guitar, maracas, and call-and-response between male and female vocalists. Liner notes include a brief overview of the history of the Dominican Republic, track notes, and pictures of the palos drums.

RELATED ALBUMS
Music from the Dominican Republic Vol. 1, The Island of Quisqueya
Music from the Dominican Republic Vol. 3, Cradle of the New World
Music from the Dominican Republic Vol. 4, Songs from the North

Track Listing

101
Los Chuines Ernesto Marine, Ventura, Santiago Guerrero, Armando Perez 9:50
102
Sarandunga Amancia Perez, Carlos Enriques, Raphael Peguero, Carlos Peguero, Manuel Ventura 8:24
201
Morena Linda (Beautiful Black Woman) Tomás Aguino de León, Maria Isabel Trinidad 4:06
202
Caminan las Nubes (The Clouds Are Moving) Tomás Aguino de León, Maria Isabel Trinidad 3:40
203
Instrumental Tomás Aguino de León, Maria Isabel Trinidad 1:48
204
Guay, Guay, Guay Elvira Diaz, Pablo Jirón, Bederminio Enriques, Saturninio Enriques, and Mildred Alberto 2:53
205
"El Tobaco" Tonada Elvira Diaz, Pablo Jirón, Bederminio Enriques, Saturninio Enriques, and Mildred Alberto 3:30
206
Tonada Elvira Diaz, Pablo Jirón, Bederminio Enriques, Saturninio Enriques, and Mildred Alberto 3:28
207
Salves Elvira Diaz, Pablo Jirón, Bederminio Enriques, Saturninio Enriques, and Mildred Alberto 2:17

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