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Yasser Tejeda & Palotre

Equally well-versed in Caribbean roots, popular and jazz musical idioms, Palotre is without a doubt one of the most exciting musical projects to emerge out of the contemporary Caribbean. These young Dominican musicians have successfully undertaken the difficult task of fusing a wide variety of genres and taking them to a new level. Their focus on the traditional and popular music of the Dominican Republic, such as palos, gagá and merengue, is particularly refreshing, given that the Dominican Republic is a nation of great musical complexity and achievements that has remained undeservedly marginalized on the world music stage. Also significant—for cultural as well as political reasons—is Palotre’s musical exploration of the porous boundaries between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, sister nations that have a long tragic history of conflict. Members of the youngest generation of a venerable lineage of Dominican musical giants like Xiomara Fortuna, Luis Dias, Juan Luis Guerra, Tavito Vasquez, Tony Vicioso, Duluc, Irka Mateo and Michel Camilo, Palotre honors their elder’s trajectories and innovations and at the same time forge a path of their own.