Bachata Social History of a Dominican Popular Music
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Like rap in the United States, bachata began as a music of the poor and dispossessed. Originating in the shantytowns of the Dominican Republic, it reflects the social and economic dislocation of the poorest Dominicans. Derived from the Latin American tradition of guitar music, bachata emerged in the 1960s only to be denigrated by the media, mainstream musicians, and middle- and upper-class Dominicans, mainly because the lyrics-often about hard drinking, women troubles, illicit sex, and male bravadowere considered vulgar and worthless. While popular radio filled the air waves with merengue and salsa, bachata musicians were forced to develop their own system of producing and distributing…
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 6/6/1995
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Music and Dictatorship|
|The Birth of Bachata|
|Power, Representation, and Identity|
|Love, Sex, and Gender|
|From the Margins to the Mainstream|