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AAVV - Bachata ( Anthony Santos, Teodoro Reyes, Luis Vargas, Zacarias Ferreira, Elvis Martinez ...)
Bachata ( Anthony Santos, Teodoro Reyes, Luis Vargas, Zacarias Ferreira, Elvis Martinez ...)

RGNET 1164

World Music Network
Repubblica Dominicana
1 CD

An irresistible and vibrant dance form, bachata calls people of all ages to dance to its infectious rhythms. Originally from the Dominican Republic, bachata’s popularity has rippled out to Latin America, the USA and beyond. Filling the soul with impassioned lyrics of love and betrayal, this album features some of the finest bachateros and is bursting with dynamic rhythms and beautiful guitar arpeggios.

'It's quintessentially sunny music: you can't feel blue when these singers let rip over their simple acoustic accompaniment, which is mostly just guitar and percussion. There are some lovely voices here, the men's lying high, and women's displaying admirable edge.' Independent On Sunday, UK 3***stars

Artists include – Antony Santos, Teodoro Reyes, Raulín Rodríguez, Luis Vargas, Yoskar Sarante, Zacarías Ferreira, Yoan Soriano, Joe Veras, Monchy & Alexandra, Frank Reyes and Elvis Martínez
All the romance of skittish guitars and rasping guiros

Bachatas are almost as distinctive as that other Dominican style, merengue, but their lead instrumental voice is the electric guitar, and the rhythms are skippier and more sensuous. The appeal of the ‘Dominican blues’ lies in its universal tales of lost, failed or disappointed love. Accompanying rhythms are spelled out in splashy cymbal beats, jaunty bass-lines and pulses from a scraped wooden guiro, and the singing guitar melodies are delicately picked and distinctively jangley and metallic, often shimmering and rippling like compas music from neighbouring Haiti or like Congolese soukous. Yoskar Sarante sings to his guitar in a pleading, high voice, asking it to carry messages to his lover; most of the voices (mostly male) are poignant high tenors.
Bachata rose from a low-class, outcast style in the late 80s, with Juan Luis Guerra’s astonishingly successful songs, and echoes of Guerra inevitably pepper the collection – particularly in the case of quintessential bachatero Antony Santos. Joe Veras’s hit, ‘Cartas de Verano’, about a lover sending cards from abroad, resonates with so many economic migrants in the US. ZacharÍas Ferreira’s seductively husky tone in ‘El Avispa’ (wasp) is filled with bachata bitterness about love. The sole female here, Alexandra, sings a romantic, low-key bachata ballad with Monchy, while Elvis Martínez’s serpiente (serpent) style, which emphasizes the bass-lines, has the guitar chattering like teeth. These pioneering translators of lovelorn poetry into irresistible dance music, have witnessed this gorgeous style spread through Latin America and even, surprisingly, into the grittier reggaeton.
Sue Steward l
(from Songlines # 39)

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22 November 2017 - h:19.30
Michel Balatti
Tourrettes sur Loup
166, route de Canorgues
Tourrettes sur Loup - France

23 November 2017 - h:21.30
Michel Balatti
Ostaia da U Neo
Via Alfredo D’Andrade 85r
Genoa - Italy

24 November 2017 - h:21.30
Michel Balatti
Il posto Castello
loc. Castello 1
Illasi (VE)- Italy

25 November 2017 - h:21.30
Michel Balatti
Sede Gens d’Ys
Via Simone Schiaffino 3
Milan - Italy

26 November 2017 - h:20.30
Gochag Askarov & Pierre de T
november 26, 20:30 at Eglise Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre (Paris 5e)

26 November 2017 - h:20.30
Gochag Askarov & Pierre de Tregomain - Mugham Souls -live

20:30 at Eglise Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre (Paris 5e)

26 November 2017 - h:21.30
Michel Balatti
Enoteca Monna Bianca
Via Dante Alighieri 56
Lavagna - Italy

04 December 2017 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Cinema Teatro Don Natale Leone
Albisola Superiore (SV) - Italy

08 December 2017 - h:22.00
Tre Martelli
Festival Pifferi, muse e zampogne
Piazza Sant'Agostino 22
Arezzo - Italy

09 December 2017 - h:16.30
Piccola Banda di Cornamuse
lungo Via Giacomo Matteotti
Sanremo (IM)-Italy

10 December 2017 - h:10.00
Piccola Banda di Cornamuse
Church SS. Pietro e Paolo
Ceriana (IM)- Italy

10 December 2017 - h:17.00
Piccola Banda di Cornamuse
Palazzo Ducale
Genoa - Italy

16 December 2017 - h:17.00
Arturo Stalteri

Via Garibaldi 25 torino

17 December 2017 - h:17.00
Tre Martelli
Gambarina Museum
Piazza Gambarina
Alessandria - Italy

17 December 2017 - h:17.00
Piccola Banda di Cornamuse
Palazzo Comunale
Peschiera Borromeo (MI)- Italy

21 December 2017 - h:20.00
Piccola Banda di Cornamuse
Chiesa di Santa Maria della Consolazione
Milan - Italy

23 December 2017 - h:21.00
Liguriani & Mario Pirovano
“Invexendo de Natale”
Teatro Sociale di Camogli
Camogli (GE) - Italy

27 December 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Tivoli BBVA
Lisbon - Portugal

28 December 2017 - h:21.00
Tre Martelli
"Traditén 2017 - Ouverture"
Concerto di Natale
Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Colomba
Località Capoluogo 30
Charvensod (Ao)-Italy

29 December 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Casa da Música
Porto - Portugal