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Making Caribbean DanceContinuity and Creativity in Island Cultures$
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Susanna Sloat

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034676

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034676.001.0001

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The Drums Are Calling My Name

The Drums Are Calling My Name

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Making Caribbean Dance
Nicolás Dumit Estévez
University Press of Florida

Nicolás Dumit Estévez highlights the importance of television in the Caribbean, going back to his Dominican childhood and his fascination with the larger than life singing and dancing vedettes he watched. They included the over-the top Iris Chacón from Puerto Rico, Mayra el Ciclón del Caribe from the Dominican Republic, and Tongolele, star of Mexican movies. A performance artist who has translated a mix of Dominican and U.S. identity into projects such as “Super Merengue” and “The Flag,” Estévez as an adult in New York turned his childhood desire to become a vedette into a performance piece, “The Land Columbus Loved Best,” in which he became a male vedette.

Keywords:   Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Dominican Republic, vedette, Dominican television, Iris Chacón, Puerto Rico, Mayra el Ciclón del Caribe, Tongolele, Super Merengue, The Land Columbus Loved Best

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