“BACHATA” ….. What is it???

Bachata is an Afro latino genre of music that originated in the Dominican Republic in the early parts of the 20th century with the African descendants in the country and spread to other parts of Latin America and Mediterranean Europe. It became widely popular in the countryside and the rural neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic.

Its subjects are often romantic; especially prevalent are tales of heartbreak and sadness. In fact, the original term used to name the genre was amargue (“bitterness”, “bitter music”, or “blues music”), until the rather ambiguous (and mood-neutral) term bachata became popular. The form of dance, Bachata, also developed with the music.


The first Dominican bachatas were first recorded immediately after the demise of Trujillo, whose 30-year dictatorship was accompanied by censorship. José Manuel Calderón is credited as having recorded the first bachata singles: (“Borracho de amor” and “Que será de mi (Condena)”) released on 45rpm in 1961. After Trujillo’s death, the floodgates were opened: following Calderon’s historic bachata debut came more recordings by the likes of Rodobaldo Duartes, Rafael Encarnacion, Ramoncito Cabrera El Chivo Sin Ley, Corey Perro, Antonio Gómez Salcero, Luis Segura, Eladio Romero Santos, Ramón Cordero and many more. The 1960s saw the birth of the Dominican music industry and of the bachata music which would dominate it.

While the bachatas being recorded in the 1960s had a distinctly Dominican flavor, they were regarded at the time as a variant of bolero, as the term bachata, which originally referred to an informal rustic party, had not yet come into use. This term was first applied to the music by those seeking to disparage it. The higher echelons of Dominican Society felt that bachata music was an expression of cultural backwardness, and a campaign ensued to brand bachata in this negative light.


Juan Luis Guerra‘s Grammy-winning 1992 release, Bachata Rosa, is routinely credited with making the genre more acceptable and helping bachata achieve legitimacy and international recognition.

Surprisingly, although he used the word bachata in the album title, none of the songs reflected the distinctive bachata sound.

Juan Luis Guerra – Bachata Rosa (Live)

By the beginning of the 21st century, Aventura adapted what Juan Luis Guerra had visioned in the early 1990’s and took Bachata to new heights.

Led by lead singer Anthony “Romeo” Santos they revolutionized the genre adding more hip hop and R&B sounds into the genre.

Aventura ….. Solo por un beso

They sold out Madison Square Garden numerous times and released countless top ten hits on the hot Latin chars including two number one hits “Por un segundo” and “Dile al Amor” they took Bachata to a whole new level in the 2000’s. Other big bachata acts in the decade included “Monchy y Alexandra” and “Xtreme“.

By the beginning of the new decade they had split because Henry Santos wanted to go solo leaving them to all do there own thing.

Romeo Santos – La Diabla/Mi Santa ft. Tomatito

Their act inspired a young boy named Prince Royce who in 2010 burst onto the scene in the absence of Aventura with his debut solo album which included hits such as “Stand By Me” and “Corazon sin Cara“. By 2011 Romeo Santos was back with his number one album which included five number one hits on the latin charts and is still pushing the limits of Bachata trying to bring it to the mainstream.

In 2013 Bachata has ruled the Latin charts as Romeo and Prince Royce have been producing number one hits.

Prince Royce Stand by me – HD Studio (OFICIAL) 2012

We ALL are ONE!! We ALL are connected by MUSIC!!! 

….. ending with Juan Luis Guerra’s new bachata hit …..

Juan Luis Guerra “Bachata en Fukuoka” HD official Video

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About Dr. Rex

I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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