Musically, the Dominican Republic is known for the creation of the musical style called merengue ,  a type of lively, fast-paced rhythm and dance music consisting of a tempo of about 120 to 160 beats per minute (it varies wildly) based on musical elements like drums, brass, and chorded instruments, as well as some elements unique to the music style of the DR. It includes the use of the tambora (Dominican drum), accordion, and güira . Its syncopated beats use Latin percussion , brass instruments , bass , and piano or keyboard . Between 1937 and 1950 the merengue music was promoted internationally, by some Dominicans groups like, Billo's Caracas Boys, Chapuseaux and Damiron Los Reyes del Merengue, Joseito Mateo and others. Later on it was more popularized via television, radio and international media, well-known merengue singers include singer/songwriter Juan Luis Guerra , Fernando Villalona , Eddy Herrera , Sergio Vargas , Toño Rosario , Johnny Ventura , and Milly Quezada and Chichí Peralta. Merengue became popular in the United States, mostly on the East Coast , during the 1980s and 90s,  when many Dominican artists, among them Victor Roque y La Gran Manzana, Henry Hierro, Zacarias Ferraira, Aventura, Milly, and Jocelyn Y Los Vecinos, residing in the . (particularly New York City ) started performing in the Latin club scene and gained radio airplay. The emergence of bachata , c along with an increase in the number of Dominicans living among other Latino groups in New York, New Jersey , and Florida have contributed to Dominican music's overall growth in popularity. 
Some of them, including Pujols (2007), David Ortiz (2008 ), Canó (2012), and Colón (2014),  have obtained . citizenship. Dominican natives Felipe Alou and Tony Peña were managers , and Omar Minaya is a general manager in (MLB). Basketball has seen the likes of Felipe López , Francisco Garcia , and the father-son pair of Tito and Al Horford , all originally from the Dominican Republic, as well as Charlie Villanueva and 2015 NBA draft top pick Karl-Anthony Towns from the New York area. In the National Football League (NFL) there are Luis Castillo , Tutan Reyes and Dante Rosario .