How is Bachata like Rap Music?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


For many in the Salsa and Latin dance scene, Bachata is not as well known as the other Latin dances.  Indeed, when it comes to this native Dominican dance many of us know very little about the influences that formed what we understand today as bachata.  Fortunately, others have extensively studied the history of bachata dance and compiled their findings. 

I recently was sent an email about one such resource in the form of a book called “Bachata:  A Social History of a Dominican Popular Music” by Deborah Pacini Hernandez.  I’ve included a synopsis from Google Book Search for you all to review.  

An interesting aspect about Deborah’s book is the comparison that she makes between the development of Bachata and Rap music.  She identifies that both genres share a parallel history in the way both became more main stream and respectable.  

Check out the book and share your thoughts about it by leaving a comment.  Enjoy!

  1. Hey John:

    Wow! Thank you mucho much for turning me on to this most excellent book about bachata. I didn’t buy it but I am in the process of reading all that huge amount of material that available for free on the Amazon review.

    I had a general idea of the circumstances and where bachata came from but the information in this review is so so good that I feel like my understanding of bachata has already increased by 400% and I’m not even into Chapter One yet.

    Really nice, buddy. I’m going to post your link over on my blog in an hour (after lunch). Thanks again.

    Best regards,

    p.s. Don’t forget to tell any of your friends who might be looking for some excellent employement and salsa adventure to get in touch with me. Fun jobs are plentiful over here and the dancing is tremendous.

  2. Erin

    This is very interesting. It is funny how similar the two genres are, especially when you listen to certain artists. (especially The Band IceBloc, they have a lot of that Latin sound). Thanks for the book resource, can’t wait to read it.

John F. Bello

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