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Alongside son and merengue, Republica Dominicana tightly focuses on the unmined treasure of bachata music: a particular style of Cuban music featuring intense African percussion, wily ringing guitar, and exotic Iberian-flavored melody. First on the bandwagon of what's sure to be an international explosion, Putumayo brings a fresh and exciting sound to fans of Afro-pop, Cuban, and various Latin music. A sampler rather than a cumulative compilation, Republica Dominicana highlights genre superstars from Juan Luis Guerra to Chichi Peralta and stylistic forefather Ramon Cordero, offering the listener choice cuts from which to further explore bachata and its relations. As with all the label's releases, this disc comes with extensive and finely detailed liner notes. The other side of the coin, in a manner, Republica Dominicana in its contrast of dark and light is especially recommended for fans of 1999's Putumayo Presents Cape Verde. --Paige La Grone

1. Tranquila - Luis Vargas
2. Para Que Me Mate Un Hombre Que Me Mate Una Mujer - Juan Manuel
3. Procura - Chichi Peralta
4. Los Bodegueros - Joseito Mateo/Luis Kalaff
5. Lo Que Le Paso A Juan - Alfredo Polonia
6. Pegao De Que - Juan Bautista
7. Nuestros Lazos - Ramon Cordero
8. Cana Brava - Alberto Beltran Y Su Conjunto Tipico
9. Mi Nina - Cheche Abreu
10. Inmenso Amor - Bolivar Peralta
11. Anoche - Raulin Rodriguez

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00004785Z
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Franklin a. on July 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I consider this CD as barely of Dominican nature, musically. Although the Cd is composed of Dominican artist, it seems that only rythms other than Dominican folklore were selected for this album. The only artist that artistically represents a pure Dominican rythm is Chi Chi peralta, Fernando Echavarria and him are the originators and creators of the "Meren-son" a mxture of merengue and Dominican son. Basically, all the songs are not purely of Dominican nature, they are mixture of rythms, all influenced entirely by cuban music. To better understand Dominican music, I would advise you to listen to the following artists:
**Juan Luis Guerra(merengue & Bachata)
*Sergio Vargas(merengue)
Jossie Esteban(merengue);(the older the CD, the better he is)
*Los hermanos Rosario(merengue)
*Johnny Ventura(merengue)
*Luis Vargas(Bachata)
*Luis Segura(Bachata)
Anthony Santos(Bachata)
These are just a few artist that you will fall in love with.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I think the music in this CD is very good, but it's NOT authentic Domincan music. I'd say only a few songs are truly from the island. Native Dominicans listen to different beats like bachata and merengue; they don't usually hear plena and guaracha. This is a poor choice of music to be represented in this CD. The title should've been something else, not República Dominicana. As I stated before, the music is good, but if you're looking for genuine Dominican rhythms, it's not the perfect CD to purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yan Tee on April 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well, I was looking for more of the classic bachatas and meregues. I was hoping to hear artists like El Ciegito de Nagua and Cuco Valoy. Those are some of the true legends in "perico ripiao"(which is the classic merengue) and bachata. This cd doesn't sound like it's all dominican, but more of a compilation of whatever they could fill it with.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marianopolita2005 on April 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this cd a few years ago because I recognized a few of the artists on the cover but I was surprised with myself that I couldn't really recognize the other artists. However, once I heard the music I knew why. The music is "tropical" but I would not say Dominican. I think if you consider the cd from that perspective it's nice. It has a nice mix of tropical sounding music but the bachatas are weak. Good artists- Raulin R & Luis V but the songs could have been something more representative of bachata "del pueblo" which better identifies Dominican culture. I don't know what criteria Putamayo uses when combining these cultural compilations but they have to ensure that the music is a true representation of the people and it's culture. Like I said as a tropical cd (and that's how I rated it) it's okay. As a Dominican cd...it needs to have more authentic merengue & bachata.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gilly Bean on August 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I really don't understand some of the reviewers here who say this album is not Dominican music. Maybe it's not the music they would listen to in the Dominican Republic, or maybe they just haven't read the booklet, but this album is representative of Dominican music. Putumayo always does extensive research on their albums, and each and every artist on this cd IS Dominican. Every record label that the songs are culled from is Dominican or specializes in Dominican music. This album focuses on the guitar-based (requinto) music of Bachata, although there are examples of merengue and bachata-sons. Each song and artist has a page in the booklet devoted to them, (in English and Spanish), which explains what kind of music it is, such as "Tranquila" is a soulful Dominican bachata-son. "Lo Que Le Paso a Juan" is a plena dominicana, a variation of bachata. "Nuestros Lazos" is a rootsy traditional bachata, while "Cana Brava" is one of the most popular and best-known of the entire merengue repertoire. Yes, there are elements of Cuban son throughout, but all Latin music has a similar traditional basis to them...European and African, that there is always going to be some kind of link. But to say this album is not Dominican is an injustice to the Dominican artists represented here. It also states in the booklet that the music of the Dominican Republic is very diverse and varied, with many different types of merengue, including 'merengue cibaeno', 'perico ripiao' and 'pambiche'. And that the Dominican son is closely related to Cuban son, but has a more bouncy rhythm and uses unique melodies and song structures, and many locals claim that the 'son' is of Dominican origin and was brought to Cuba by Dominican immigrants.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
This CD claims to have the "best music you've never heard." It's not one of Putumayo's best."Tranquila","Pegao de Que","Anoche","Immenso Amor"&"Lo Que Paso a Juan" are catchy tunes;each one unique."Tranquila" counts as Latin easy listening.Unfortunately,most of the tracks sound the same.

If you're looking for fun Latin music,get yourself a Bebel Gilberto album,or anything Brazilian.Putumayo's Brazilian compilations are flawless and a SURE THING when you're looking for,as Putumayo's CEO Dan Storper says,"All hits,no filler."
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