Socio-political events of the early- to mid-20th century in the Dominican Republic created a unique situation whereby notions of national identity, social class, and music became linked. The political reign of Trujillo led to the social awareness of a particular genre of music known as merengue and it is now merengue that has become the pan-Latin sound throughout the world, even more so than salsa. Explain the role merengue has played in establishing Dominican national identity and its function as a transnational sound. Explain the Tri-Part Model of Migrant Musics and how merengue operates within that model. Discuss what you know of merengue both historically and how merengue operates as a site for transnational identity today. Briefly include what you know about bachata and how it relates to merengue.
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