Bachata


Bachata


Bachata arose around the middle of the 20th century in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Its roots are in some African rhythms, Cuban son and bolero. In the beginning this musical style was valued and listened to by the most popular social classes, and rejected by high level society.

Etymologically, the word bachata was known in the Dominican Republic as reunion or party, where people played and listened to popular music. Where were these dancing meetings held? Wherever you are, street corners, courtyards, public parks, etc.

Around 1950, the rhythms that would form the bachata that we know today developed, replacing different initial instruments with others such as the so-called “guira” and some guitars. Therefore, at that time these rhythms were called “guitar boleros” in some areas.

In the following years, bachata was taking steps in many small places in Santo Domingo, always associated with the most humble people and the most socially disadvantaged neighborhoods.
But it was in the 1980s that bachata made an important leap forward, listening to itself in radio stations and other media and reaching people of all social classes. Luis Segura’s song “Pena” was one of the greatest hits of the moment.Join Now