10 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hot and heavy, this is Dominican merengue with lots of New York City swagger. Fulanito's party-starting debut is charged with electric tropical rhythms, rapid-fire vocals, and beats that pump hard. They deploy everything in their arsenal to set the dance floor on fire: mad-making accordion riffage on the energetic "Guallando," bubbling keys and sweltering percussion on the güiro-heavy "Mano Fria," and Spanish-language rap bars throughout. Hip-hop and house influences percolate almost as loudly as the horns that blare on "Cha Cha Cha No. 7."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hot and heavy, this is Dominican merengue with lots of New York City swagger. Fulanito's party-starting debut is charged with electric tropical rhythms, rapid-fire vocals, and beats that pump hard. They deploy everything in their arsenal to set the dance floor on fire: mad-making accordion riffage on the energetic "Guallando," bubbling keys and sweltering percussion on the güiro-heavy "Mano Fria," and Spanish-language rap bars throughout. Hip-hop and house influences percolate almost as loudly as the horns that blare on "Cha Cha Cha No. 7."

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About Fulanito

The late '90s saw the emergence of several outfits that expanded upon and updated merengue's classic dance rhythms, such as the multi-membered Fulanito (Rafael Vargas, José Fuentes, Elvin Ovalles, Marino Paredes, Wellinghton Belen, Winston Rosa, and José Arsenio Rosa), who added elements of rap, reggae, and drum'n'bass to the proceedings. The group has scored several hit singles on both Billboard's tropical/salsa and hot Latin tracks charts, including such toe-tappers as "Guallando," "El Cepillo," and "La Novela," while their full-length albums Hombre Mas Famoso de la Tierra (1997) and El Padrino (1999) have also fared well with the Latin dance crowd. Fulanito has been the recipient of the prestigious Premio ACE 1999 (Association of Entertainment Critics of New York) for Outstanding Band, as well as receiving the Premio ACE 1998 for Impact Band of the Year, Premio ACE 1997 for Outstanding Latin Group; Premio GLOBO 1999 for Tropical Merengue Best Tipico-House Group. In 1999, Fulanito received a nomination for Tropical Salsa Revelation of the Year New Artist by Premio Lo Nuestro à la Música Latina. 2001 saw their third release, The Remixes. ~ Greg Prato

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