Welcome to our Friday Dominican News Roundup, where we sort through all the rebulú and news of the week to handpick some stories for you. Infórmese! From Quisqueya to the Bronx, this is what happened this week:
Who is La Gran Mawon? In Conversation with the Up & Coming AfroDominican Band: La Gran Mawon is one of the up and coming groups in the popping Santo Domingo music scene. They are an embodiment of a new generation of AfroDominicans eager to connect with the past to make sense of the present. Fusing rhythms that are familiar to many of us caribeños like Palo and Reggae, with lyrics that reflect the worries of today’s youth, they seek to spread a message of love. We held a Q and A via email to catch up with them and find out about their upcoming plans.
The Disappearing Dominicans: Housing costs driving Dominicans from Northern Manhattan, study says. “According to the study, the percentage of Dominican households in Washington Heights/Inwood declined 6.2 percent in just a four-year period, between 2010 and 2014.”
Dominican folklorist and cultural leader, Normandía Maldonado, passed away in NY this week. Some of Maldonado’s contributions included being one of the founders of the Dominican Day Parade and creator of Ballet Folklórico Quisqueya.