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The Dominican band Ilegales had been releasing collections of their modernized merengue for five years when the best tracks from each were anthologized in Serie 2000. There are no ballads and no slow songs — just pure dance rhythms, from the techno rhythms of "La Morena" to the Spanish-flavored "Sueño Contigo." As can be expected, the songs have little meaning lyrically beyond exhortations to dance and move, but fit in swell within the context of the relentlessly upbeat music. While traditionalists may take umbrage at the group's attempt to meld classic Latin music with techno synths and rhythms, it's true that the mixture does make for a fresh update on the established sound. For anyone looking to discover merengue and how Ilegales became one of the hottest acts in the genre, Serie 2000 would be a good place to start. ~ Victor W. Valdivia, Rovi


Formed: 1995 in Dominican Republic

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The merenhouse unit Los Ilegales was formed in the Dominican Republic by frontman/producer Vladimir Dotel, Victor Waill, Manuel Tejada and Roger Sanchez. Though criticized by the press in their native land due to their electronic update of the traditional merengue style, the group became one of the most popular groups in Central and South America, especially big in Venezuela, Mexico, Chile and Spain. From their debut album, the single "La Morena (Burn It Up)" became a huge hit in 1995. Their second...
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