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Merengue BOMBA!

I love this stuff. One day I’ll write a little about it- the origins, the way it differs musically from other merengue and how it is danced differently. But I did that and in depth 7 years ago and um,hell, I lost all the files!!

So, lets just go to some of my fave merengue bomba tracks. Most of the artists are Puerto Rican, though a few groups have Dominican masterminds writing and performing everything but the vocals.

What I really loved about the merengue of this time was the piano! Oh, and the trumpets! My other blog is getting 100 hits a day looking for the new Grupo Mania track because people heard Maria Lola and realized that they missed the crazy piano and trumpet merengue we used to dance ourselves ragged to a decade ago.

Grupo Mateos

Grupo Mateos- Me Mata La Pena
This shit always makes me mad. The REAL Grupo Mateos is wearing red,the other guys sing. When I was getting my merengue collection together I learned that the best way to pick a cd I liked was by musical director and producer. I learned that quite a few were black dominican musicians, sometimes the dude would play every damn thing and write and arrange every song. But you wont see a merengue group in PR fronted by guys who all look like the guys backing them. I wonder, as I think about it, if the white washing of all the party music had anything to do with reggaeton becoming so popular.All of a sudden the face of young popular music in PR was a lil bit blacker than it had been for a while. I mean, look at these videos then look at the ones from the previous post.

Kaos- Cinturita

This video is interesting. Ashley is pushing up on a mandingo but he seems to be gay. I mean, I dont KNOW, maybe he is just pretty. Hasn’t she read the rule book? When you push up on a mandingo, he is supposed to be hetero!! Unless of course this is her version of the Taylor Dayne Tell It To My Heart video I posted a few days ago. Well, I must admit, he sure is pretty and I’d push up on him in a minute.

Limit 21

Grupo Fuego- They sound nearly identical to Grupo Mania

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I have to give props to the young Dominican American brothers, they are fucking DOING it! Magic Juan, Xtreme, Fulanito, Aventura, Oro Solido, Proyecto Uno. When I look at “latin” music made in the US, it seems that the Dominicanos are the ones who have been mixing it up and putting out the best shit.If we go beyond the mainland and count PR we have 2 words to remember- “Luny Tunes”. Make it 3 words and add “bachaton”.

Lets talk Arroz con Beans- all of the songs below are great mixtures of more traditional Dominican forms of music and black American music from the US.
(I cant remember where to add the quotation marks as most Dominicans, regarless of birthplace or residence, are “black Americans” some identify as African American which can make it harder to describe. Are HipHop merengue and urban bachata blends of Dominican music and African American music or are they African American music in Spanish? I am one of the people who doesn’t want to ignore the latin roots, but who believes also that black latin music made in the US deserves recognition as being part of the black popular music tradition. Salsa, latin jazz, bugalu, merengue hiphop, reggaeton, latin freestyle urban bachata all should be recognized along with jazz, soul, hiphop, dance music and so forth)

El Tiburon


Pecho a Pechuga

Oro Who? Oro solido!!

Maria? Maria Se Fue!

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Y Sigue Karis!!!!

grupokaris1A blast from the past! Grupo Karis made yet another comeback in ’07 with Los 4 Fantasticos. Its good to see them back on the scene. Interestingly enough I don’t find merengue bomba at all dated, it doesn’t sound like old 80’s and 90’s music to me. Most of the merengueros I know are THRILLED to hear the new songs beginning to trickle onto the airwaves. ABOUT TIME!!!


La Amas Como Yo f Ken-Y

Check it out- Los 4 Fantasticos- Grupo Karis. Merengue bomba de Puerto Rico!

Now, lets revisit some “classic” tracks by the guys.

Bandolera NEVER fails to get the dancers out on the floor.

Esa Nena No Me Quiere

Esas Ojitos

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