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This Documentary (Bachata Music of the people)
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"Bachata Musica del Pueblo" is a one-hour documentary video exploring a provocative and discriminated music from the Dominican Republic. Performances were filmed often in remote locations in the late night / early morning hours, in bars and clubs of New York City and Santo Domingo. The “cinema-verite” style defies contemporary recipes for filmmaking and underscores the social stigma attached to the Bachata music genre. Using only available light and a small, unobtrusive digital camera, allowed for innovative shooting and editorial techniques.

Bachata is commonly viewed as “vulgar”, “low class”, a “poor people’s music”. It is not featured on prime time radio nor promoted as the music of the Dominican Republic, a title which is instead assigned to Merengue. Bachata, within the Latin music industry has always been (and still is) reputed a musical genre for an oppressed and marginal audience of laborers and “lower class” people, denied by most Dominicans its role that indeed plays a very important part in their culture and musical traditions. While researching Bachata I soon discovered the hardships in finding information as there is to date only one publication about this music,“BACHATA”, by professor Deborah Pacini Hernandez, a very knowledgeable text that examines in detail the many different attributes and implications of Bachata within the Dominican society. Yet it was a music I could hear exploding from every corner shop, bar, restaurant, and moving vehicle in my upper Manhattan neighborhood. As a musician and an educator, I felt an imperative need to fill a cultural void that I discovered in the music world. I had an enormous dose of passion for the music, the lyrics, the people, and, learning Spanish as I wandered through the record shops, I dropped dollars into jukeboxes and became more and more engrossed by the singers and the sounds of their disheartened words.
This documentary is dedicated to the many great artists I had the pleasure and honor to meet, men and women singing a poetry that speaks to the human heart, that loves and looses in a brutally subjective world.


Luis Segura

Deborah Pacini-Hernandez

Juan Luis Guerra

Luis Diaz

Franklin Garcia

Frank Reyes

Joe Veras

Luis Vargas

Teodoro Reyes

Blas Duran

Leonardo Paniagua

Jose Manuel Calderon

Jose Luis

Franklin Medina

Aridia Ventura

Ramon Cordero

Tony Santos

Raulin Rodriguez