WELCOME - BIENVENUE - BIENVENIDO
Rafael Energía Dominicana
(Dominican Republic-Canada) 

"He’s the real deal, a true “merenguero” and “bachatero”, 100% proud flag-bearer for Latin Music, especially the sounds and rhythms of his beloved native Dominican Republic. A truly contagious groove." - Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

RAFAEL RECEIVED THE AWARD 

"ARTISTA DEL PÚBLICO -VOTO POPULAR"
("PUBLIC ARTIST- POPULAR VOTE)

LATIN AWARDS CANADA 2020!

Rafael Energía Dominicana received the Public Artist- Popular Vote Award at the Latin Awards Canada 2020 on Sunday, December 27, 2020 in Montréal, Québec, Canada and was nominated in 4 x additional categories!

Rafael received the award for "Merengue of the Year" for his song "Tirando duro" at the first edition of the Latin Awrads Canada in 2015. Since that time, he has received a total of 18 x nominations at this, the most important Canadian ceremony that honours Canadian Latin music artists!

 

"This means that Rafael & Energía Dominicana is the new *Mayimbe of the Canadian music scene ... That is what the Public said ... Well CONGRATULATIONS to Rafelin ...... A better award than this cannot be achieved here in Canada. It is the people's prize ... ” - Kuky Carbuccia (Dominican-Canadian Arranger, Pianist).

 

(*Mayimbe-In Hispanic-Latin American culture is a person who is loved by everyone but here also refers to the great Dominican merengue artist Fernando "El Mayimbe" Villalona. )

 

Rafael sends a thank you to everyone who voted and to the Latin Awards Canada - Cruz A Foundation for the honour. 


WATCH HERE! LATIN AWARDS CANADA 2020: YouTube at 2:25:34:   (26) GALA LATIN AWARDS CANADA 2020 - YOUTUBE
 

 

The new single!
MI BACHATICA

Words & Music: Rafael Wilsikin Medina (SOCAN)

Label: ARC Music, Release Date: September 25, 2020
 

Rafael Energía Dominicana presents “Mi bachatica”! A passionate, contagious, and danceable bachata that combines elements of cha-cha-cha.  The song was produced by Edward Segura in the Dominican Republic and features an all star team of musicians.  During the summer of 2019, Rafael & Energía Dominicana debuted the song live and dedicated it to The Montreal International Jazz Festival’s 40th Anniversary Edition!

 

VIDEO CLIP: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw0HCrjKiGg
An irresistible bachata, this video was filmed in the paradise-like city of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic also known as La Novia del Atlántico (The Bride of the Atlantic).

RAFAEL & ENERGÍA DOMINICANA DEDICATED NEW SINGLE “MI BACHATICA” TO THE MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL’S  40TH ANNIVERSARY; AND PERFORMANCE!  Part of the festivities of Canadian Multiculturalism Day!

Rafael & Energía Dominicana dedicated his new single «Mi bachatica» to The Montreal International Jazz Festival, 40th Anniversary Edition in honour of the festivities for Canadian Multiculturalism Day. The Dominican-Canadian singer- songwriter will also debut the single during his festival performance featuring his orchestra Rafael & Energía Dominicana accompanied by Roberto Arenas Jr. and his dancers. «Mi bachatica» is a passionate and danceable bachata and combines elements of cha-cha-cha. The song was produced in the Dominican Republic by Rafael and Edward Segura and features some of the top musicians in the Dominican Republic. The song is  available on all digital platforms.

 

Photo: PhotoGary.ca

Album:
Enamorarse en la playa (‘Falling in Love at the Beach’)

Rafael & Energía Dominicana 

#EUCD2715 (Label: ARC Music)
Genre: Tropical 

«Rafael Arias sings engaging, heavyweight and with great variety of riches Perhaps he can be seen as an answer to Puerto Rico's icon Ricky Martin, but Rafael’s music is for me even more multi-faceted.» 
-
4 STARS **** Kenneth Hammargren, VF. Värmlands Folkblad, Sweden

The historic world music label ARC Music based in the United Kingdom presents the album ENAMORARSE EN LA PLAYA by Dominican-Canadian Latin-tropical music artist RAFAEL & ENERGIA DOMINICANA.  Established in 1976 and based in West Sussex, United Kingdom, ARC Music is one of the world’s foremost world music companies. With over 80 distributors globally, ARC Music is renowned for their catalogue of historic recordings, marketing and promotion of world music, and music licences. 

 

 

 VIDEO CLIP "MARGARITA"
DIRECTED BY VINCENT EGRET

ARC MUSIC and VIVO MUSIQUE present "Margarita" by Rafael & Energia Dominicana, a song in the 'bomba' style, with an infectious groove and roots in the traditions of Puerto Rico. Directed by Vincent Egret, whose clips include the mega-hit "Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar featuring Lucenzo. "Margarita" is from Rafael & Energia Dominicana's debut album Enamorarse en la playa on ARC Music released May 2017. "Margarita" was produced by Rafael, Jesus Alejandro 'El Niño', Pascal Laraque & Kuky Carbuccia in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The orchestra Rafael & Energia Dominicana performs at a variety of venues, and festivals including The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The PanAmerican Games, Festival International Nuits d'Afrique and more!

Bachata « MAR DE LAGRIMAS”
Rafael & Energia Dominicana
Words & music by Rafael Wilsikin Medina (SOCAN)
Vivo Musique, ARC Music

 

“BÁILAME ALLONS DANSER”
Il s’agit d’un merengue pop original et contemporain
du chanteur québécois d’origine dominicaine!


« Rafael & Energía Dominicana peuvent rivaliser avec les meilleurs du monde entier.» - Alain Brunet, La Presse

Le chanteur, compositeur, interprète et producteur québécois, d'origine dominicaine RAFAEL & ENERGÍA DOMINICANA lancera sa première chanson en français « Bailame allons danser ». Il s’agit d’une création originale merengue pop et contemporain du chanteur. La chanson es t aussi la version française de la merengue en espagnol "Báilame" de Rafael, déjà présenté sur son album Enamorarse en la playa qui comprend 13 compositions originales de Rafael, provenant de différents styles de musique latine, tels que le merengue, bachata, salsa, et la ballade. L'album est réalisé par Rafael, Pascal Laraque et Kuky Carbuccia, et avec Jesus Alejandro El Niño et Chris Perry à Montréal, Québec. 

 

PERFORMING DOMINICAN CLASSICS:
Interpretation of "Porque eres linda" by Dominican legend Fernando Villalona


Rafael & Energia Dominicana LIVE!
Fiesta des cultures, Saint Rémi, Québec



OPENING ACT  FOR GENTE DE ZONA
L’OLYMPIA DE MONTRÉAL 2016

 

OPENING FOR ELVIS CRESPO

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL RYTHMES DU MONDE

CHICOUTIMI, QUEBEC 

 

OPENING GENTE DE ZONA

MONTREAL, QUEBEC 




Photo: www.PhotoGary.ca

 

"MERENGUE OF THE YEAR"
"TIRANDO DURO"

LATINOS AWARDS CANADA

Photo: www.PhotoGary.ca

Thank you - merci beaucoup :     

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

Thank you to the SOCAN Foundation. Merci beaucoup a la Fondation SOCAN.

Thank you, merci beaucoup, muchas gracias to the The Honourable Ambassador Shauna Hemingway, Embassy of Canada to the Dominican Republic.

          

Vivo Musique Internationale wishes to thank: We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


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