Initially I was actually thinking about writing about Dominican music rhythms, specifically about Gaga… I will owe you that Blog on Gaga. Why?? I got infuriated; I got angry on how hypocritical my beloved compatriots are being by denying that we are part África y que todos los Dominicanos tenemos el Negro detrás de la oreja.
This is what happened: In order to write a coherent Blog part of my homework includes visiting Dominican websites, specially those government funded so that I could what do they tell the world about our cultural makeup and our musical patrimony. Now, when it came to Folkloric music all I found out and all I could noticed is the restless effort of some Dominican to “blanquear” or whiten our musical and cultural manifestations. My God, your Quisqueyanos are still in great denial of our African heritage!?
As a matter of fact, in the FUNGLODE supported website http://www.dominicanaonline.org/portal/espanol/cpo_folklorica.asp, which refers to Musica Folklorica Dominicana, several rhythms are notorious due to their absence, by coincidence, those Afro Dominican ones. Those ones they address are addressed very vaguely and superficially. While I applauded their effort I would also have applauded some honesty. Why are we still neglecting our musical assets?
It may be a result of Trujillo’s great effort to erase any vestige of the African heritage in the Dominican Republic. Is so sad to see the efforts of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo have actually rendered results because many compatriots still deny our African roots. This African root is like a hidden treasure that is found by those who look and those who acknowledge that we are a mixed race, that we are mulatos.
It is a bit of a paradox, but many Dominicans come to learn about our musical heritage one we migrate from Dom. Rep. Like one of my Dominican hero’s, Juan Luis Guerra said “Una raza encendida negra, blanca y taina, pero quien descubrió a quien?” (We are a burning Race: black, white and Taino, but who discovered whom?). Let’s not live in denial we have to be proud of who we are. Let’s move away from ignorance and embrace our beautiful cultural makeup.
PS: I KNOW I OWE YOU A BLOG ON GAGA. COMING SOON!!!!