Ñico Lora

Musical Artist

1880 – 1971


Who was Ñico Lora?

Francisco Antonio Lora Cabrera popularly known as Ñico Lora was a Dominican folk musician consider as one of the fathers of merengue.

When he was a child, he learned how to play the button accordion. Though he was not educated in musical theory, he reached a high level of success for his endeavors. His most important songs were San Antonio, Tingo Talango, Eres La Mujer Más Bella, Pedrito Chávez and San Francisco. These songs still stand in time as an essential part of the musical roots of the Dominican people.

He was a great supplier of anonymous melodies that are kept like a cultural good of the Dominican nation.

Ñico Lora died on April 9, 1971 in the town of Navarrete, where there is a plaza called "La Plaza de la Cultura Ñico Lora" which was built in 1997 to honor his achievements and contributions to Dominican music. A statue in his memory was raised in Santiago in 2007.

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Apr 10, 1971

on July 23, 2013


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