Bachata - Bolero Music
Bachata-bolero, the early bachata
music of the Dominican Republic, was a crossover of bolero to a more
modern sound. Spanning the 1960s through
the 1970s, bachata-bolero borrowed the bolero's traditional stylings and
utilized basic instruments which usually consisted of two guitars, bass,
and maracas. Occasionally, other instruments such as clarinets,
saxophones and other wind instruments were included in the mix. For the
though, the instruments were basic. It was this baseness and simplicity
that lent the bachata-bolero its romantic beauty.
Unlike the later forms of bachata, such as the cabaret bachata and the
doble entendre, this form of bachata was not thought to be obscene or
nature. In fact, many of the songs were old bolero remakes. The lyrics
to these bachata-boleros were sung in the traditional, formal Spanish,
them very romantic. It was not until later that sexual innuendos and
bawdry references were brought into the mix. Even then this only added
bachata's colorful personality.
The slow tempo of the bachata-bolero brought to life the romantic words
and sentimental style. However, most of these songs were not original.
were, in fact, remakes of classic boleros and valses. In these early
days, bachata did not contain the slang terms and references to
that later bachata contained. It was because of this lack of what was
later well known "bachata flavor" that the bachata-bolero was more
accepted. This was also due to the fact that the bachateros were just
singing songs that were already popular. This would later change as
music would slowly shift into the cabaret period - which offered
original, and rather colorful, lyrics.
The pioneers of the bachata-bolero period include Fabio Sanabia,
Inocencio Cruz, Rafael Encarnacion and Luis Segura. Segura moved on from
-bolero and continued his success, recording even beyond the period.
Leonardo Paniagua is another artist that offered strong influence on the
style. These artists moved the bachata while moving audiences with a
sound that lifted your spirit and words that moved your heart.
The spice and romance of the Dominican bachata-bolero lends itself to a
time when bachata was young. This style has survived changing eras and
evolved to meet those changes with a flavor all its own. This
particular, however, when bachata was in its infancy, is especially
poignant as it marks the
beginning of a delightful journey that has yet to end.