We are not going to write everything about Bachata History in this article, but instead want to share a special interview with you. We have been teaching bachata for over 15 years, and now there is a big boom of this dance, but it has existed for a lot more than that, as many of you know. One of our students, of Rueda de Bachata, told us a while back, on our way to a student group performance, his experience in the Dominican Republic at the end of the 1960’s and we wanted to share his story with you. In this video we interview him and his stories will give you a better picture of where the Bachata comes from, a little live view of Bachata History from the perspective of a foreigner being exposed for the first time to this beautiful music and dance in the 1960’s.
Joe Barret, was in the Dominic Republic for the first time in 1968, in the country area. In a time where owning a battery powered radio was a luxury. And were one radio station: La Guarachita was the only one playing Bachatas from 4 – 6am!!.
This radio station forms a very important part of Bachata History as it was the one that started playing and popularizing certain bachata music and artist. and the only one playing Bachatas in all the country. All the other radio stations played only Merengues, which was popularized by the former dictator Trujillo. This radio station belong to: RADHAMES ARACENA
The music played, as Joe explains, was not as professional arranged, mixed and recorded as today, and some times it was only 2-3 instruments and the singer playing live.
Joe later explains that his daughter went to the Dominican republic in the mid ninetys and discovered Bachata in one of her trips to the Dominican Republic. She went to teach her dad this new dance, to find out that his dad already knew this music and dance for more than 20 years!
Enjoy the interview and in a future article we will write a little more about BachataHistory and the connections to Bolero, since Bachata comes from Bolero!
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