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Merengue is a type of music that was born in the Dominican Republic, and the two are intimately associated. Merengue is to the Dominican Republic what blues, jazz, and hip-hop are to the United States—a musical style and dance that seems to represent the spirit of an entire country. Distinct from mambo, salsa, bachata, cha-cha, rumba, and other Afro-Carribean Latin dance styles, merengue is both the music and dance of the Dominican Republic.