The Dominican Republic is a musical cradle and several family clans have stood out for dozens of years. United by love and talent they have worked together on successful artistic projects.
Among the most recent are the brothers Manny Cruz and Daniel Santacruz. Life has led them to compete in the same category at the Latin Grammys, but their real competition is showing who loves whom more. This clan is joined by Penelope, Daniel’s daughter, who has already recorded some songs with her father.
In pop, Ariel Núñez has followed in the footsteps of his father, Pavel Núñez, as well as in the fusion Leon Yamil is the musical heir of Leo Suberví.
In typical music, love sprouts in every word of the accordionist Rafelito Román’s children. Raúl and Nixon are also dedicated to the typical merengue and recognize in their father, that in addition to introducing them to art, he has educated them in values.
Also in the merengue, the deceased Johnny Ventura opened up his children in his group. Juan José worked in the business and Jandy at the head of the orchestra, who now after the death of the “Caballo Mayor” carries out his legacy.
Another case is that of the Valoys. When Cuco Valoy made the decision to venture into the merengue, he put his son, the pianist Ramón Orlando, in front of him as musical director, who also stood out with successful musical arrangements and popular meringues and ballads.
If they are brothers, the best example of union and permanence has been exhibited by Los Hermanos Rosario. Rafa, Luis and Tony, in the current orchestra, have become the company that supports the whole family.
And although years ago Toño formed a separate store in his group, Los Rosario emerged in music supported by their parents and other brothers (such as the late Pepe) who also became involved in the music business.
Another clan is that of the Villalona. When Fernando Villalona emerged with his orchestra, his brothers Angelito and Aramis had the support of Mayimbe to expose their talents. the Kenton brothers, uis, Tito and Johnny, also settled in the merengue, starting in 1976.
Although he does not sing, Bolívar Villalona, another of Fernando’s brothers, still serves as his manager.
Likewise, Sergio Vargas when he formed his group. El Negrito de Villa opened the doors in his orchestra to his brothers Kaki and Johnny. The latter is still part of the group.
At the end of the 70s, Milly Quezada started in music with her brothers Martín, Joselyn and Rafael (deceased). The four made up Milly, Joselyn and the Neighbors. In the group Joselyn married the trombonist Fausto Arias (deceased) and Milly with the manager of the group Rafael Vásquez (also deceased). The Queen’s son has followed in his footsteps.
In classical music there are several examples. The most legendary comes from the times of Papa Molina and Josefina Miniño, who raised who today is the prestigious musician José Antonio Molina, director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
There are also the Peña-Comas sisters, who have a lifetime dedicated to classical music.
Since childhood, the twins Nathalie, Evelyn and Nicole Peña-Comas entered music and have established themselves on large stages in Europe.
History. There are historical musical families. The book “Dominican musicians, composers and songs in the 19th and 20th centuries”, by Félix -Felucho- Jiménez, cites that of the late Julio Alberto Hernández Camejo, who had his uncle Pedro Camejo as one of his teachers. And he is the grandfather of the singer Maridalia Hernández.
More surnames. Other musical surnames are the Vásquez (Avelino, Chachi and Tavito). José Ovidio García also had several musical children: José Ovidio, Carlos Manuel and their daughter Dolores, and another relative: Margarita Luna García. Many will remember the Trío Reynoso, made up of Domingo and Pedro, sons of accordionist José Dolores “Lolo” Reynoso.