Sounds of the NYC Dominican Day Parade: Merengue, Bachata, and Dembow [VIDEO]


The New York City Dominican Day Parade is coming up this Sunday, August 12. Music will be a big part of the event, you’ll likely hear all the most popular styles of quisqueyano music, like merengue, bachata, and dembow, the DR’s version of reggaeton.

Merengue is the national dance and song of the Dominican Republic, and it incorporates drums, stringed instruments, accordions, and more, all churning out a fast-paced rythm. In recent years, dembow and bachata, a three-step dance, have grown in popularity.

The parade organizers still haven’t released the names of the performers, but here are some music samples to get you warmed up:

Dominican singer Romeo Santos music, also known as “The King of Bachata” sings “Promise”:

Classic 80’s Dominican merengue includes hits like “Vagabundo” from Milly, Jocelyn, y Los Vecinos:

Dembow artist Secreto is most famous for his urban music in Dominican Republic and New York. Here he sings, “Papa Dios Me Dijo”:

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