Bocina culture is synonymous with the boisterous streets of the Dominican Republic. As a generation raised by heavy-bass genres like Merengue, Mambo, Dembow, Reggaeton and EDM, it’s no wonder that Dominicans of today honor their love for music through coros. In Dominican vocabulary, a coro, is a pop-up party that draws its energy from a group of like-minded individuals and that can take place anywhere: the park, a friends apartment, your marquesina, or the block.
As early as 2008, Dominicans have taken to YouTube their competitive sound system triumphs, their custom cars and their extremely loud van coros. This rather expensive auto lifestyle is the passion and pride of millions of Dominicans all over the world, including the Dominican Diaspora in New York City.
What street car racing is to American culture, sound system van parties are the version of this to Dominicans. These outdoor music freedom parties have infiltrated Dominican culture as a staple for the exchange of dance, music and traditions. Led by proud musicologists, van sound system parties take place in small towns in D.R. where local police aren’t stirred about loud music, heavy drinking and partying until sunrise.
U.K. Film Director, Sean Frank explores this underground community, and the struggles Dominicans in New York City face as they transplant their music culture to their respective boroughs in his latest short documentary, Más Fuerte. The narrative follows leaders of the van sound system community in Queens, The Bronx and its roots in the Dominican Republic to share the bold personalities that run the streetcar phenomenon.
See the doc here online.