Santo Domingo, Jul (SF) .- During the first North American intervention to the Dominican Republic (1916-1924) a troop of four hundred men left the capital to disarm the Dominican peasants. In Jacagua, in the north of the country, they met with the Suárez brothers and their followers, who forced them to retreat and return the weapons to the people.

After the victory came the celebration and the brothers when to a party of the musician Antonio (Toño) Abreu, in the hill of Berdum, in Gurabo. Upon meeting Zoilo, Pablito and Moisés Suarez, Abreu was inspired and composed them the following “perico ripiao”, which would later be interpreted by Tatico Henríquez.

The author of the merengue “Caña Brava” was inspired by the feat of those braves to write a page of Dominican history, to the rhythm of merengue.

The story of this merengue is shared by César Suárez, grandson of Zoilo Suárez, the leader of the three brothers. He promises to share more stories like this one.

Antonio Abreu “Toño”

He was born in the city of Santiago, on April 28, 1883, and died in San Cristobal in the early 1970s. The date of death could not be determined exactly.

Toño is considered to be the creator of Pambiche, because when American troops went to their dances they asked that the merengue be played slower, to which it yielded. In those years the Marines wore their uniforms made of a fabric called Palm Beach, this combination of two words pronounced quickly sound like a single (Pambiche), and when they arrived at the party people said we are going to play pambiche !.

The composer of “Los Suárez” died octogenarian in the city of San Cristóbal, alone and without money, abandoned to his fate and changes in the music market. He could not resume his successful career.

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