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Twelve singers who fell in love with the Dominican Republic

Hacienda Samaná

July 6, 2021

The beauty of the Dominican landscapes is a magnet for singers, producers and video directors who record the audiovisuals of their songs here, many of which become popular.

The recent music videos of Enrique Iglesias, Farruko and Ozuna join those recorded before by Marc Anthony, Gente de Zona, Maluma, Prince Royce, John Legend, Tiësto, Camilo, Wisin y Yandel, Daddy Yankee and others.

The Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias marks his return with the song “Me pasé” with the exponent of reggaeton Farruko and the video was recorded on the paradisiacal beaches of Samaná.

The producers note that the warm welcome and hospitality of the Dominican people made this session "incredibly special for everyone involved."

The official music video, which came out, was directed by Alejandro Pérez, with whom Enrique has worked before.

This association has produced several videos such as "Dancing", "Súbeme la radio", "It hurts the heart."

With electric, vibrant rhythms made to dance, the song has an irresistible beat perfect to be a summer anthem around the world.

«Me pasé» will be part of the new album of the winner of 47 Billboard Latin Music Awards and several Grammy Awards, which will be released in September 2021, and joins his catalog.

Iglesias' 154 Billboard # 1 singles chart includes 27 No. 1 hits on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, making him the artist with the most No. 1s in chart history on, along with with 39 top 10s on the same list (also the most for any artist in history); 31 No. 1 on Billboard's Latin Airplay Chart; and 14 number one hits on the Billboard dance club song chart.

Already in 2014 Enrique Iglesias had recorded in the streets of Santo Domingo the hit of the summer of that year, “Bailando”, in a collaboration with Descemer Bueno, from the Cuban group Gente de Zona.

For the "Dancing" scenes, the emblematic (and chaotic) intersection of Duarte avenue with Paris, in the heart of the Dominican capital, was used.

Other points used by Iglesias was the Ortega y Gasset avenue tunnel that leads to the University area.

The production team took advantage of the audiovisual work to involve both viewers and extras in the filming. The recording was made in the afternoon and caused the paralysis of traffic in the area.

Samaná is a great attraction for videos, television series and movies. Its landscapes form a natural paradise together with the sea, mountains and forests.

Last November, the Colombian Camilo and the Dominican El Alfa joined in “Baby”, which was accompanied by the official premiere of the video clip, filmed in different places in Samaná, under the co-direction of Evaluna Montaner and Cristian Saumeth .

The video for «Baby» shows the natural beauty of the Samaná province, its beautiful people, and also shows three very special guests: Camilo's parents and sister.

In 2019 Prince Royce chose the paradisiacal beaches of Samaná for the filming of his video “Die Alone”.

In January of this year 2021, Daniel Santacruz released the video for “Bajo La Lluvia”, directed by Luis Gómez, using the location of El Francés, in Samaná.

+ Ozuna
The urban Puerto Rican Ozuna premiered on Friday the music video for his most recent single, “Este Loko”, filmed in Santo Domingo and in which Kimberly Jiménez, former representative of the Dominican Republic, participates at the Miss Universe pageant.

“Este Loko” has two versions, one acoustic and the other in a fusion of reggaeton and bachata.

For a week "El Negrito de Ojos Claros" and Miss RD had been exchanging publications and comments on social networks, generating expectations and comments from their followers.

"Ozuna put this video recently saying that he is crazy with me, but now I ask him: Why are you crazy with this black girl with light eyes?" The miss published on his Instagram before the presentation of the video.

On October 21, 2014 Marc Anthony premiered the video for "Flor pálida", in which the Venezuelan model Shannon de Lima, then the singer's girlfriend, participates.

The clip, directed by Alejandro Pérez, was filmed at various locations in La Romana, to the east.

The plot frames the green of the field, the natural elements and bows to the friendship with the peasants, who are witnesses of the love story that is born from a brief encounter between the protagonists, which culminates with a simple and beautiful ceremony in a church.

A year later, Marc would return to the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo to record scenes for the video of “La gozadera”, filmed by both artists in separate locations. The Gente de Zona scenes were shot in Havana, and Marc's in Santo Domingo.

In the video, directed by Alejandro Pérez, the artists were accompanied by a group of dancers of around one hundred people, under the contagious choreography of Roclan.

Gente De Zona and Marc took over the streets of Havana and Santo Domingo on a warm afternoon where their neighbors are witnesses and additional participants in the video.

+ Maluma
In August 2016, the Colombian urban singer Maluma presented the video for “No contract”, directed by the Dominican producer and director Jessy Terrero, in locations around the country.

"With the tíguere in Santo Domingo, thank you for your love ... Much respect," Maluma wrote in June 2016 on his Instagram.

Juan Luis Londoño Arias (Maluma's name), 27, took moments to enjoy the beautiful Dominican beaches, sharing a photo with the word “paradise”.

From the other side of the Atlantic came the duo AlunaGeorge, originally from the United Kingdom. In February 2016, the video for the song “I'm in control” was released with the Jamaican group Popcaan.

The audiovisual for “I'm in control” was filmed on location in the Dominican Republic by director Emil Nava.

In that year, 2016, the American John Legend and the famous Dutch electronic music DJ Tiësto chose the Colonial City in the Dominican Republic to record the official video for the song “Summer Nights”.

However, not everyone has highlighted the beauty. In 2013, the Dominican Images portal complained about the artists Skrillex and ASAP Rocky filmed their video "Wild for the Night" here, where they show «a distorted image of the country and abuse using images of poverty, in the sectors that they used as locations ”.

In the audiovisual proposal "it is shown as if our neighborhoods were a nobody's zone, where alcohol and drugs reign." 

+ In the past decade

In 2007, Wisin and Yandel reinvented themselves for the Dominican Jessy Terrero, on stages in La Romana, Barahona and the Capital, where they filmed "Sexy Movimiento", included in the album "Los extraterrestres".

In that same year, Ricardo Arjona arrived in Samaná for the filming of his visual work entitled «Quiero». The video starred the Dominican Massiel Taveras.

Arjona used at locations in Miches and Samaná in the video directed by Ricardo Calderón.

It was not the first time that Arjona filmed in Quisqueya.

“The Dominican Republic is an incredible country, with wonderful and very hospitable people; I feel committed to you to promote this beautiful island; It will be a great video where whoever sees it will perceive the exotic Dominican beaches, ”said Arjona at the time.

+ Daddy Yankee

Meanwhile, the video for "She raised me", one of Daddy Yankee's most popular songs, was also made in the country and the protagonist of this visual story that accompanies the Chief's single is the Dominican model Ada Aimee de la Cruz.

The video of "She raised me" was made in a covered area in front of the Cathedral of Santiago de los Caballeros and local personnel were involved in the technical part, as well as models and Creole dancers who attended the casting.

One of the great moments was when Juan Basanta produced "La Gasolina", a classic song by Daddy Yankee, who came to the country in August 2004 to do so.

"La gasolina" belongs to the album "Barrio Fino", a work behind which it is seen that there is a well-developed concept and in which the songs "Dale caliente" and "What happened, happened" stand out.

Also "Barrio Fino" included "Don't leave me alone", in collaboration with Wisin y Yandel, a video that was also used to be recorded in Santo Domingo.

Source: Listín Diario
Author: Ramón Almánzar

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