Henríquez, Domingo García “Tatico”
- Sydney Hutchinson
musician considered the godfather of modern merengue típico (traditional accordion-based merengue) and revered as one of its greatest stars, was born on 30 July 1943 in the town of Nagua on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Tatico learned his trade early from his father, Bolo Henríquez, and uncle, Bilo Henríquez, both noted accordionists. His first post was playing for the games of the local baseball team. In 1964 the young man’s budding talent was discovered by Matoncito (Ramón Amézquita Díaz), then among the best-loved musicians in the Cibao, the northern region home to merengue típico. Tatico subsequently learned a great deal of repertoire and accordion technique from Matoncito.
In 1966 Tatico became more widely known when he started performing with the Trío Reynoso on national radio Not only was the country just coming out of a tumultuous period of political upheaval following the assassination of the ...
A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.