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By Sydney Hutchinson

Tigers of a unique Stripe takes readers contained in the designated global of merengue típico, a standard track of the Dominican Republic. whereas in so much genres of Caribbean song girls frequently take part as dancers or vocalists, in merengue típico they're extra usually instrumentalists or even bandleaders—something approximately extraordinary within the macho Caribbean track scene. reading this cultural phenomenon, Sydney Hutchinson bargains an unforeseen and engaging account of gender in Dominican paintings and life.


Drawing on over a decade of fieldwork within the Dominican Republic and big apple between musicians, enthusiasts, and buyers of merengue típico—not to say her personal stories as a feminine instrumentalist—Hutchinson information a posh nexus of sophistication, race, and inventive culture that unsettles the common binary among the masculine and female. She sketches the portrait of the vintage male determine of the tíguere, a dandified yet sexually competitive and street-smart “tiger,” and he or she exhibits how lady musicians have constructed a female counterpart: the tíguera, an assertive, sensual, and revered lady determine who appears like a lady yet frequently performs or even sings like a guy. via those musical figures and stories of either directly and queer performers, she unveils wealthy ambiguities in gender development within the Dominican Republic and the lengthy historical past of a different kind of Caribbean feminism.

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