Enamorarse en la playa (Falling in Love at the Beach)
Rafael & Energía Dominicana  
#EUCD2715 (Label: ARC Music) 
Genre: Latin 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


Vivo Musique Internationale (Vivo Musique) is thrilled to announce that the legendary world music label ARC Music will release the album ENAMORARSE EN LA PLAYA by the Dominican-Canadian tropical Latin music artist, merenguero, bachatero and salsero, Rafael & Energía 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. ARC Music will release ENAMORARSE EN LA PLAYA internationally on May 26, 2017. 

"Feel the warmth, energy and love that permeates this wonderful album of Latin music.” - Irwin Block, The Senior Times 
"Rafael & Energía Dominicana can compete with the best worldwide.” - Alain Brunet, La Presse 
"A true winter party that combines all the sounds of the Caribbean basin" - **** Christophe Rodriguez, Le Journal de Montréal 
"This is true, hard and real Latin American pop, done here in a classical form composed of frenetic merengue, well developed salsa, bachata that is almost bolero and with a romantic walk completely taken with a melodramatic side as a bonus."  - Yves Bernard, Le Devoir 

Rafael & Energía Dominicana’s ENAMORARSE EN LA PLAYA includes thirteen original compositions by Rafael, from different Latin music genres such as merengue, bachata, salsa, bomba and balada. ENAMORARSE EN LA PLAYA was produced by Rafael, Pascal Laraque and Kuky Carbuccia and with Jesus Alejandro El Niño, and Chris Perry in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The beautiful Caribbean and tropical vibes are at your doorstep with Rafael & Energía Dominicana. 

The album has received critical acclaim and airplay including 8 x songs programmed on Stingray Music’s Latino Tropical stations in Latin America, Europe and Canada; “Tirando duro” received the award “Merengue of the Year” from the Premios Latin Awards Canada 2015; “Báilame” was #1 on the charts for 3 weeks at CKXL in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba. The video clip for “Margarita”, an original composition by Rafael in the bomba style with roots in the traditions of Porto Rico, was directed by Vincent Egret, whose clips include the mega-hit “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar featuring Lucenzo 

Rafael (Wilsikin Medina Arias) was born in Bani, Dominican Republic and is presently based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Rafael & Energía Dominicana have performed at a variety of high profile festivals and events across Canada including The Montreal International Jazz Festival, The 2015 Pan-American Games Toronto, The Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games, Calgary Expo Latino, Edmonton Latin Fiesta, Saskatoon World & Reggae Festival and Festival International Rythmes du monde de monde and more. In 2016, Rafael & Energía Dominicana opened for Latin music mega stars Gente de Zona at L’Olympia de Montréal.  At the end of 2016, Rafael became a permanent resident of Canada and is presently planning his international touring. 

ARC Music is a leading record label in the field of world and folk music. Since its formation in 1976, it has been a goal of ARC Music to preserve the ethnic music of world cultures, and to spread traditional and original music with a positive message. Our label now offers the largest selection of traditional and contemporary ethnic music from all corners of the world. Our unrivalled repertoire consists of hundreds upon hundreds of albums from over 120 countries and cultures the world-over. ARC Music has been doing this longer than any other label globally and is the original world music label. 

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 

Rafael & Energía Dominicana www.rafaelenergia.com  ARC Music http://www.arcmusic.co.uk