Occur Goes Global - The Music of the Dominican Republic

Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 11:41 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Salsa and Afrocentric beats form the backbone of Dominican Republic’s music. But more and more genres are gaining popularity in the eastern half of Hispaniola. The Isle of Light festival in the capital of Santo Domingo brought together DJs, alt rockers, merengue legends and more. And dedicated music historians such as Irka Mateo are bringing time-honored traditions into the 21st century. Here are five bands and singers you need to know.   Irka Mateo Playing what she calls... READ MORE