Legendary artist Johnny Ventura has been recognized by the United States Congress for being an icon of Dominican music, internationally renowned for his talent and dedication to the betterment of his community by exporting his music to the United States, Europe and Africa.
This initiative, at the request of Congressman Adriano Espaillat, Representative of the Thirteenth Congressional District of New York, will be through “Dominicans On The Hills”, an event dedicated to highlighting the values and contributions of the Dominican diaspora in the United States and named “La pandemia del Covid-19, restaurando nuestra comunidad” (The Covid-19 pandemic, restoring our community), which will address issues related to virtual education and children, health, and how to work to rebuild the economy.
The “Caballo Mayor” is distinguished for his astronomical success, and for the impact he has had on the Dominican community on a large scale, as well as other outstanding Dominicans in different areas.
The presentation of the scroll of the prestigious virtual celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24 starting at 7:00 PM on Facebook, and will be held at the U.S. Capitol with the participation of hundreds of business leaders, artists, community leaders and officials of Dominican origin from all over the country.
The tribute to Ventura is also based on the fact that he always retained his appreciation for Dominican cultural traditions, in particular music, by building on these traditions to create a musical and political career that impacted the lives of countless compatriots, especially residents of Santo Domingo.
As well as, he single-handedly developed and modernized the sound of contemporary merengue, inspiring a new generation of Dominican musical talent to flourish in his place in light of his contributions to Dominican culture.