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Tigers of a Different StripePerforming Gender in Dominican Music$
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Sydney Hutchinson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226405322

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226405636.001.0001

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Tatico Forever

Tatico Forever

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Tigers of a Different Stripe

Sydney Hutchinson

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes the Dominican masculine roles of hombre serio and tíguere in greater detail through a case study on Tatico Henríquez, the seminal merengue típico accordionist who revolutionized the musical genre before his untimely death in 1976. Through a combination of biography, oral history, lyrical and musical analysis, the author shows that his stardom and continued legendary status are in large part due to his successful bridging of the two masculinities and thus of pre-capitalist and capitalist, rural and urban lifeways. By focusing on the charismatic musician’s embodiment of cultural ideals-particularly relating to gender-in conjunction with the sociohistorical context of emergence and carefully cultivated performer-fan relationships, the chapter also provides a new model of charisma better able to account for star musicians. Tatico became a legend, the author argues, because of the conjunction of the tumultuous time in which he emerged and his particular brand of tigueraje.

Keywords:   merengue típico, masculinity, tíguere, tigueraje, hombre serio, gender roles, Tatico Henríquez, charisma

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