Quisqueya en el Hudson: Dominican Music in New York

Quisqueya en el Hudson: Dominican Music in New York

by Quisqueya En El Hudson
     
 

The Dominican community in the New York area is the biggest outside the Caribbean, and its musical traditions are a big part of its vibrancy. Its annual festival in Washington Heights features Dominican music, and some of the artists who perform at the festival appear here, covering not only the native high-energy meringue, but every aspect of Dominican music, be it… See more details below

Overview

The Dominican community in the New York area is the biggest outside the Caribbean, and its musical traditions are a big part of its vibrancy. Its annual festival in Washington Heights features Dominican music, and some of the artists who perform at the festival appear here, covering not only the native high-energy meringue, but every aspect of Dominican music, be it the palos of Conjunto Folklorico de Alianza Dominicana or the son of Coco Merenson. A lot of this music is folkloric, as befits the Smithsonian Folkways label, but it's never less than marvelously entertaining, like the salve of Francia Reyes, where the vocals rise effortlessly above the drums. "La Multona," from Neri Olivares, features a scintillating, delicate play of melody, showing how Dominicans have developed the Cuban son into their own art form. But don't be misled by the techno-bachata tag on Luis Dias' "La Manguera"; it has nothing to do with electronic music (although Dias does also play bachata-rock in addition to this slower, gentler sound). There's no doubting the dance appeal of the accordion-led meringue tracks. Franklyn Hernandez is masterful on them, leading an ensemble (with a terrific sax player) through the adrenalized workouts. This album doesn't claim to be a complete representation of the Dominican musical experience in New York, by any means -- but it'll do for a start.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074049525
catalogNumber:
40495

Tracks

  1. Homenaje  -  Franklyn Hernández y Su Típican Brothers
  2. Ya Llegó la Virgen  -  Doña Chicha
  3. Baile de los Palos  -  Conjunto Folklórico De Alianza Dominicana
  4. Cibaeña  -  Claudio Fortunato y Su Guedeses
  5. San Miguel  -  Francia Reyes
  6. La Dolorita  -  Doña Chica
  7. Suite Folklórica Dominicana [Medley]  - Luis Días
  8. La Mulatona  -  Neri Olivares y Grupo Sonnice
  9. La Manguera  - Luis Días
  10. El Molde  -  Willie Lapache
  11. ¡Ay, Mami, Eh!
  12. Baile del Canguro  -  Willie Lapache
  13. Tierra Dominicana  -  Franklyn Hernández y Su Típican Brothers
  14. Juanita

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Quisqueya En El Hudson   Primary Artist
Mora   Choir, Chorus,Guira,Group Member
Joe Pena   Bass,Tres,Group Member
Pedro Sosa   Choir, Chorus
Viviane Louro Martinez   Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Miguel Duran   Bongos
Pedro Fuentes   Bongos,Group Member
Paco Reyes   Conga,Maracas,Group Member
Diego Aquino   Bass,Group Member
Luis Polanco   Tres,Group Member
Ramon Ortiz   Drums,Group Member
Juan Carlos De La Cruz   Vocals,Group Member
Boni Raposo   Percussion,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Djembe,Guira,Pandereta,Palo de Lluvia,Atabal,Group Member
Francisca DeLa Cruz   Background Vocals
Dawin Lapache   Guitar,Group Member
Willie Lapche   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Francisco Meza   Bass,Group Member
Gregory Ney   Bass,Guira,Group Member
Neri Oilvares   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Nina Paulino   Background Vocals
Domingo Peña   Maracas,Guira
Víctor Perdomo   Trumpet
Niurka Reynoso   Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Víctor Sánchez   Bass
María Terrero   Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Jonathan Troncoso   Choir, Chorus,Palo de Lluvia,Group Member
Juan Ramón "Monchy" Álvarez   Background Vocals,Group Member
Andrea Nolasco "Doña Chicha" Brand   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Canca   Tamboura
Daiana Castillo   Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Nelson Catros   Guira
Juan Comprés   Saxophone
Juan "Coco" DeJesús   Guitar,Vocals
Luis Días   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Chi Chi Espinal   Accordion,Group Member
Cinthya Feliu   Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Adriano Fortunado   Conga
Claudio Fortunato   Drums,Vocals,Palo de Lluvia,Group Member
Francia Reyes   Vocals
Enrique Guira   Guira,Group Member

Technical Credits

Richard Burgess   Marketing
Rafael de los Santos   Cover Photo
Ryan Hill   Contributor
Domingo Ramos   Composer
Lee Michael Demsey   Contributor
John "BJ John" Smith   Marketing,Promotions Director
Traditional   Composer
Willian Alemán   Engineer
Joe Veras   Composer
Boni Raposo   Arranger
Margot Nassau   Financial Director,Licensing
Mark Gustafson   Marketing
Norman van der Sluys   Engineer
Tom Van Buren   Engineer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Willie Lapche   Engineer
Neri Oilvares   Engineer
Carolina Santamaría   translation
Leonardo Iván Domínguez   Arranger,Liner Notes,translation,Annotation
Peter Ford   Engineer
Claudio Fortunato   Arranger
Helen Lindsay   Public Relations
Betty Derbyshire   Financial Director
Willie Lapache   Composer

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