Today is the Independence Day of the Dominican Republic (celebrated since 1844). The Dominican Republic gained its independence from Spain in 1821. It is in the Eastern part of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, the Eastern part of the island occupied by Haiti. The mountainous country has an area of about 48,500 square km and a population of 7.5 million people. The capital San Domingo is found on the Southern coastal plain where the island’s main agricultural products are grown. Coffee, cocoa, sugar and tobacco are the main exports. Mineral resources include bauxite, gold, silver and nickel. The Dominican Republic has become the Caribbean's largest tourist destination and its economy is the second largest in the Caribbean. The country's year-round golf courses are among the top attractions. “Quisqueya”, as Dominicans often call their country, has an average temperature of 26 °C. Music and sport are of the highest importance in Dominican culture, with merengue as the national dance and song and baseball the favorite sport.
Juan Luis Guerra (b. 1957) is a Dominican singer/songwriter who has sold 20 million records, and won numerous awards including nine Latin Grammy awards, two Grammy awards and two Latin Billboard Music Awards. He does not limit himself to one style of music, instead, he incorporates diverse rhythms like the merengue, bolero-bachata, balada, salsa, rock and gospel.
Here is a wonderful love song of his, “Señales de Humo” (Smoke Signals):
Te mando señales de humo
como un fiel apache
pero no comprendes el truco
y se pierde en el aire
Te mando la punta de un beso
que roza la tarde
y un código Morse trasmite
el "te quiero" de un ángel
se pierde en el aire...
I send you smoke signals
Like a loyal Apache,
But you don’t understand the trick
And it loses itself in the air.
I send you the tip of a kiss
On the edge of the afternoon,
And a Morse code that transmits
The “I love you” of an angel,
But it is lost in the air,
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