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Listen to this interesting Spanish Podcast on the history of Dominican Republic’s MERENGUE ‘APAMBICHAO’ and its interventionist origins

Practice your listening comprehension skills with this Spanish Podcast and learn more about the history of the Dominican Republic!

Merengue is a popular musical genre and dance that originated in the Dominican Republic towards the end of the 19th century. Merengue is a symbol of Dominican cultural identity.

The United States occupied the Dominican Republic from 1916 to 1924. During this period, a new merengue variety commonly known as merengue ‘apambichao’ came about as a covert mockery of the way US occupants failed to properly master this lively Dominican dance.

Click play to hear more about how Dominicans adapted their signature musical style as an act of resistance against their invaders:

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