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History of the Bachata



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Bachata is a romantic genre from the Dominican Republic . The music is played with a guitar , a bass , a Güira and bongos . Most artists are male guitar players with some wailing vocals tales of tragic love . Thus it could be . Bachata Latin American tearjerker called The original term used for this genre was therefore amargue which means bitterness . Later the term bachata became popular. A bachata in the Dominican- Spanish one ( disorganized ) party or festivities .

In the Dominican Republic is the bachata long boycotted by the media, but managed to keep the music flow . Themselves through sales of cassette tapes and concerts up Only in the nineties, the bachata penetrated the radio and television stations on the island and not long after it got an international audience . Bachata is now increasingly combined with influences from merengue , pop and rhythm and blues , but also by reggaeton .

At various places in the world bachata dance in different ways. There are no strict rules . Fall broadly distinguish three dance modes :

Dominican style
There is dancing at a distance while being held each other's hands . Often there put a lot of quick passes between . The movements are usually spontaneous and adapted to the specific number . Turning are rarely made . Complex combinations of rotation (as in salsa ) are never made ​​. The Dominican style is mixed with reggaeton influences in recent years. The Dominican style is the most advanced and creative bachata dance style .

dance school style
At dance schools in the United States and Europe is often taught in a traditional bachata dance dance posture with both partners facing each other close dancing with their right hand behind the back of the partner. There are usually not made quick steps . In contrast, often learned some run .

Antillean style
On Curaçao - and from there spread to the Netherlands and even to other countries - is a dance that way created on the fourth (last ) beat of the bar is raised every time a hip and a Hopje ' is made . The older generation Antilleans tilt also sometimes the shoulder. Is often mistakenly thought such Hopje a fixed part of bachata dancing . In the home country , the Dominican Republic this Hopje not used .

The differences between the bachata dance styles are quite large. Generally the dance style also varies between fast bachatas that are loose ( with only the hands ) dancing and romantic bachatas closer to be danced with more physical contact against each other.

Lower social class
Both in the Dominican Republic and the Netherlands Antilles is bachata , the music and the dance , often associated with the lower social class . The music is often played at loud ' cafeterias ' ( Dominican Republic ) or "snacks" ( Netherlands Antilles ) . These are simple bars , often semi-open air , where the beer is served by waitresses where you can . Usually also danced with In some cases, there may also be of prostitution . Hence the bachata by some has a dubious reputation. Since bachata also has broken in many countries outside the Caribbean , including the U.S. and the Netherlands , this kind of music has become part of the mainstream Latin music .

Aventura is internationally by far the most popular group , but among Dominicans are the most popular artists Anthony Santos and Juan Luis Guerra . Other popular artists are Prince Royce , Hector Acosta , Raulin Rodriguez , Zacarias Ferreira , Dominic Marte , Frank Reyes , Luis Miguel del Amargue , Xtreme , Andy Andy , Elvis Martinez , Carlos y Alejandra , Yoskar Sarante , Alex Bueno , and Joe Veras .

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