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The later ’90s saw the emergence of several outfits that expanded upon and updated merengue’s classic dance rhythms, like the multi-membered Fulanito (Rafael Vargas, José Fuentes, Elvin Ovalles, Marino Paredes, Wellinghton Belen, Winston Rosa, and José Arsenio Rosa), who added components of rap, reggae, and drum’n’bass towards the proceedings. The group provides scored several strike singles on both Billboard’s exotic/salsa and sizzling hot Latin tracks graphs, including such toe-tappers as “Guallando,” “Un Cepillo,” and “La Novela,” while their full-length albums Hombre Mas Famoso de la Tierra (1997) and Un Padrino (1999) also have fared well using the Latin dance audience. Fulanito provides been the receiver of the esteemed Premio ACE 1999 (Association of Entertainment Critics of NY) for Exceptional Band, in addition to getting the Premio ACE 1998 for Effect Band of the entire year, Premio ACE 1997 for Exceptional Latin Group; Premio GLOBO 1999 for Tropical Merengue Greatest Tipico-House Group. In 1999, Fulanito received a nomination for Tropical Salsa Revelation of the entire year New Designer by Premio Lo Nuestro ? la Música Latina. 2001 noticed their third launch, The Remixes.

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