Bachata originated in the 1960’s in the Dominican Republic. The music emphasis was and to a degree still maintain its lyrical roots in the blues (amergue), the heartache and pain of love. It’s also known by Dominicans in particular as “musica del amargue” (music of bitterness).
It so happens that in the sixties, when bachata was born, the Dominican Republic was being led by Rafael Trujillo, a dictator that actually loved and embraced the other Dominican music “merengue” that he put it on a pedestal, and because of it this genre grew in popularity.
However, he hated Bachata, to him it was personally offensive, claiming that it was a lower art form. He banned both bachata music and the dance completely, it was forbidden to even play it on the radio.
During the dictator Trujillo’s reign, Bachata was only enjoyed in the brothels, it grew primarily within bars and brothels, and this led to Bachata being held back for literally decades.
it also kept it from evolving as the other dance styles (merengue) born in DR did during that time. Even after the Trujillo reign ended, Bachata was still frowned upon by society.
Today Bachata music and especially bachata dancing has grown and is thriving all over the world, and has finally reached a place where it is widely accepted.
This gringa has moves…
Chinese with mucho SWING! Check out her steps!!
Dancing in the barrios of DR (traditional bachata—Dios MIO!1)
Even Russians are getting down with bachata!
Even the NYPD is on it. See below, the department’s Latino band, named “La Jara” jamming to Anthony Santos “El Baile Del Perrito”
This Chinito is Cool and funny too and yeah, he loves BACHATA 😎
This young couple can move! watch her sensual maneuvers👀
WHAT?! sampling Bachata to a Hip Hop beat…
👀 Mira esto…LOOK Bachata in Istanbul Turkey TOO!
Y los judios le gusta la baina tambien! Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn Dancing to Omega “El Fuerte” (this one is merengue ya’ll)