Bachata

Bachata

Bachata is a dance that comes from the Dominican Republic. It is considered a derivative of the bolero rhythm, combined with other styles like the ‘son cubano’ and meringue. Bachata surged in the marginalized urban areas of bars and brothels in Santo Domingo. During the 1960s and the early 1970s it was catalogued as the music of the poor classes, and it was known as the “music of the bitter”. This concept referred to the state of melancholy provoked by heartbreak that was constantly reflected in the themes of its compositions. It wasn't very popular because it was considered vulgar. It was in the 1980s when it was noticed by the media and subsequently began its great worldwide success.

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