by Judy Cantor-Navas | August 17, 2014
The word "bachata" means a party -- the kind that starts with a guitar and a bottle and goes on way into the night -- and the danceable ballad music that adopted that name was born at village celebrations in the Dominican Republic. Bachata has recently become known as an urban Latino sound popularized by Romeo Santos, Prince Royce and other young Dominican-American singers. But its roots as a hip-swaying acoustic country format, characterized by plucked strings and bongo beats, endure in recordings by Ramon Cordero, Blas Duran, Edilio Paredes and others dedicated to the authentic bachata sound, while younger artists like Joan Soriano and Zacarias Ferreira are keeping the tradition alive. To round out our set of Dominican country music we've included some vintage merengue and Afro-Dominican tracks, as well as plenty of bachata to get your own party started.