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Dominican Republic: Cumbia hit banned

10 February 2006

‘La Camisa Negra’ (“The Black Shirt”) by Colombian megastar Juanes has been blacklisted by the government of the Dominican Republic  In 2004, singer-songwriter and guitarist Juanes released his album ‘Mi Sangre’ (“My Blood”) which since then has sold more than two million copies world-wide. The album has produced numerous hit singles, including …

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Puerto Rico: Censorship on reggaeton genre

19 January 2006

The Dominican Republic contemplates to place a nation-wide ban on reggaeton, reports Reggaetonline.net in January 2006. Because of controversial lyrics the genre has been banned on radio, and albums were boycotted, in Cuba as well as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic You don’t know what ‘reggaeton’ is? No need …

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Dominican Republic: Country profile

25 February 2002

Music censorship and restrictions in Dominican Republic Excerpt from A Survey Of Censorship And Restrictions On Music In Spanish America by Jens Lohmann       Raúl Acosta   Introduction (excerpt) Through a most often violent history, free expression has been one of the most important victims of repression in …

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1700-1899 Latin America, Caribbean

1 January 2001

1700s til today. Mexico. Son jarocho The Catholic Church banned son jarocho – one of Mexico’s most politically charged musical genres – during the 18th century on the grounds it was immoral, and first the Spanish, then the Mexican authorities tried to isolate and suppress the genre. The most famous …

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1900-1959 Latin America, Caribbean

1 January 2001

Trinidad. 1938-1940. Calypso Some of the calypsos that appear in the fabulous music collection ‘West Indian Rhythm’, a 316-page LP-size book with 10 CDs containing 267 music tracks, had never been published or heard before it was published in 2007. Trinidad’s British colonial masters felt the need to censor calypsos …

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