Santo Domingo-born Rita Indiana is a musician and writer whose innovative work is attracting worldwide attention.
Her band Rita Indiana y Los Misterios experiments with alternative merengue, a sound that fuses traditional Dominican merengue elements with modern alt-rock and electro influences. Rita sings lead vocals and writes their songs. She is known for her lightning-fast beats and engaging storytelling lyrics.
They have regularly played the Hard Rock Cafe and popular alternative venue Casa de Teatro.
Check out ‘El Blu de Ping Pong’ or ‘Jardinera’ to get a feel for their sound.
Indiana has also turned her hand to more literary, non-musical writing. To date, she has written three short story collections and four novels.
Her 2015 novel La mucama de Omicunlé became the first Spanish-language work to be awarded the Grand Prize of the Association of Caribbean Writers in 2017. It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Premio Bienal de Novela Mario Vargas Llosa in 2016.
Rita’s work often dives into social issues, gender, identity and her experience as an androgynous openly-gay Caribbean woman. She is doing important work to pave the way for marginalised, othered voices to be heard.
Rita Indiana is one to watch, for sure.
That concludes our list! Let us know in the comments which Dominican women artists we missed, and who you’d like to see celebrated.