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    Américo Mejía to Hold a Conference on Merengue during Cultural Week in Miami.
    Cultura celebrará el Día Nacional del Folklore

    Américo Mejía to Hold a Conference on Merengue during Cultural Week in Miami
    Santo Domingo, February 21, 2017

    The researcher and scholar of typical merengue Américo Mejía has been invited to participate in the XI Dominican American Heritage & Cultural Week, taking place February 20 to 27 with two conferences on "Origin and Development of Typical Dominican merengue”.

    Today he will be at the Dominican Consulate in Miami and tomorrow, Tuesday, 22 at the Kay Gather Community Center, Hollywood, from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

    Where did the merengue come from? Who were the first merengueros? Which were the first recordings? How was the merengue received by the high class society? What has been the trajectory of our merengue since 1854? All these questions will be answered by Américo Mejia, in his workshop on this, typical, popular and classic folk genre.

    We will also appreciate all the thematic variants of our music par excellence, with support of recordings of collection from 1923, many of these unknown to the public. You will also hear merengues inspired by political, religious, romantic and customary aspects of all kinds, as well as those merengues that have collected anecdotes of the historical and popular legacy of our ancestors.

    The collector and researcher of Dominican music, is responsible for the Merengue Gallery in the National Folklore Directorate of the Ministry of Culture and weekly produces the program "Merengue: Dominican Culture and Identity", through Radio Educativa Dominicana. He is also spokesperson of the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic.

    By enjoying this talk, attendees will be able to assure the basic knowledge of the origins and development of our merengue, as well as a greater documentation about our musical past and present in the voices and executions of its most outstanding protagonists.

    In previous editions, the participants of old age have been able to recreate musical pieces that made history; while the younger ones have expressed themselves very favorably when first meeting those merengues that are an important part of our cultural heritage. For all ages, merengues have been made known to portray with fidelity many aspects of our town, until now unknown by many of our fellow citizens.

    Attendees will enjoy this new cultural and recreational experience for the revaluation of merengue, a very important symbol of our culture and identity.
    His recent Facebook page "The Archives of Américo Mejía" has published more than 500 videos with collectible musical themes, photos and interesting notes of the Dominican history. It currently has more than 14,500 followers.

    This event has been presented previously in the Cultural Hall of the National Theater, Ramón Oviedo Room of the Ministry of Culture, Dominican Man Museum, University of Florida, APEC University, Cibao Grand Theater Bar, Book Fair in Santo Domingo, Centro Cultural BanReservas, Cultural Friday of Chamber of Commerce in Miami, House of Art in Santiago, School of Fine Arts in Cotuí, House of Culture in La Romana, Chamber of Commerce in Higüey, Roman Association of Savings and Loans, National Directorate of Folklore , Jarabacoa Salesian House, Navarrete Culture House, 40+ Active Club 20-30, Naco Deportivo Club and in "Los sabios en la Z", among other cultural and educational institutions in the country.

    Cultura celebrará el Día Nacional del Folklore

    Cultura celebrará el Día Nacional del Folklore











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