WHAT IS BACHATA

WHAT IS BACHATA

BACHATA MUSIC

BACHATA MUSIC & DANCE

LIKE OTHER DANCING GENRES BACHATA DANCE SHARES A NAME WITH THE MUSIC WHICH INSPIRED ITS DEVELOPMENT.

BACHATA MUSIC IS A FUSION OF EUROPEAN INFLUENCES, MAINLY SPANISH GUITAR AND AFRO-CARIBBEAN RHYTHMS.

IT IS MOST EASILY IDENTIFIED BY ITS PRONOUNCED SYNCOPATED GUITAR LINE.

STYLE OF THE MUSIC

FAST PACE

THE MUSIC IS COUNTED SIMILAR TO SALSA, KNOWN AS 4/4 TIME.

WHEN DANCED WE COUNT UP TO 8 BEATS TO FORM A FULL MUSICAL PHRASE.

TRUE DOMINICAN BACHATA IS VERY FAST PACED & USES AFRICAN TRIBAL RHYTHMS.  

ALTHOUGH USUALLY ASSOCIATED WITH A FAST FACE, THERE ARE ALSO SOME SLOWER SONGS.

BACHATA BAND

SYNCOPATED GUITAR

A BACHATA BAND CONSISTS OF 5 INSTRUMENTS WITH A HEAVY EMPAHSIS ON GUITAR:-

  • LEAD GUITAR
  • RHYTHM GUITAR TO ADD SYNCOPATION
  • BASS GUITAR
  • BONGOS
  • GUIRA SCRAPPER WHICH IS A PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT MADE OF METAL SHEET & PLAYED WITH A STIFF BRUSH

IN ADDITION, THERE IS A LEAD SINGER & BACK-UP SINGERS.

INSPIRATION FOR THE MUSIC

"LA MUSICA DEL AMARGUE"

AT ITS HEART, BACHATA MUSIC IS THE DEPICATION OF DRAMATIC, HEART RENDING LOVE STORIES.

BACHATA MUSIC IS KNOWN AS “LA MUSICA DEL AMARGUE” AS IT WAS A WAY FOR SINGERS & MUSICIANS FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO EXPRESS THEIR MISFORTUNES IN LOVE.

ALTHOUGH THE STRICT TRANSLATION OF THE PHRASE IS THE MUSIC OF BITTERNESS, THE SENTIMENT OF “LA MUSICA DEL AMARGUE” IS THAT LOVE IS BITTER-SWEET.

BOTH THE MUSIC & THE DANCE ARE AN EXPRESSION OF ROMANTIC EMOTIONS, SUFFERING, ANGUISH & HEART BREAK.

BACHATA IS THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC’S EQUIVALENT OF THE NORTH AMERICAN BLUES AND LIKE THE BLUES IT WAS INITIALLY DANCED IN THE POORER COMMUNITIES.

BASIC BODY MOVEMENT

THREE STEPS THEN TAP

THE BASIC MOVEMENT OF BACHATA IS THREE STEPS FOLLOWED BY A CUBAN TAP PLUS A HIP MOVEMENT.

AS THE BACHATA RHYTHM IS 4/4,  THE COMPLIMENTARY STEPS ARE 4 STEPS TO THE LEFT THEN 4 STEPS TO THE RIGHT WITH A FOOT TAP & HIP MOVEMENT ON BEATS 4 & 8 RESPECTIVELY.