Chapter

The Drums Are Calling My Name

Edited by Nicolás Dumit Estévez

in Making Caribbean Dance

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034676
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034676.003.0014
The Drums Are Calling My Name

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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

Chapter.  1601 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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