The calabash and drums, local instruments used in Dominican musical genres such as the merengue and bachata, are now part of the permanent collection of the prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The drum is part of the country’s African heritage, while the calabash was inherited from the Tainos, the island’s first inhabitants.
These instruments identify Dominican culture and folklore, and were donated to the Museum by the Dominican Consulate in New York City.
The inclusion of these instruments in the Museum’s collection reflects the strong cultural and political presence of the Dominican community in the United States, especially in New York City.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is situated on Fifth Avenue, and 82nd Street. The museum opened its doors in 1872.
Ministry of Tourism Campaign in New York City
The Dominican Ministry of Tourism and the U.S.-based airline Jet Blue recently launched an advertising campaign in the city of New York to promote flights from this city to La Romana, Samana and Santo Domingo.
The campaign will run until the end of September, and aims to increase the number of Jet Blue passengers during the upcoming winter season.
During January-July, more than one million U.S. tourists visited the Dominican Republic through the country’s airports.
In 2012 the number of tourists registered was 1.4 million.
Jet Blue is the most important U.S. airline traveling to the Dominican Republic.