Photographer: Pedro Genaro Rodriguez
The Spaniards brought string instruments to Santo Domingo during the colonization period. The guitar was the fundamental instrument that accompanied the first dances in the Spanish festivities.
When exchanges between the metropolis and the colony became difficult and there were no economic resources, the creative capacity of artisans and popular artists appeared, and a variety of modalities of the guitar were born and they received their names according to the number of strings each one had. This is how the Dos (Two), the Tres (Three), the Cuatro (Four the Quinto (Fifth), and the Requinto appeared. In the Dominican Republic, in addition to the guitar, the Tres, Quinto and Requinto have survived and still exist nowadays.