Traditional Bachata Maestros

The Bachata Legends
The Bachata Legends

The Bachata Legends (iASO Records iASCD7, 2011)

The iASO label continues its admirable traditional bachata rescue work with a new album titled The Bachata Legends. This oustanding collection brings together some of the best performers of the rootsier form of Dominican bachata, which is characterized by the use of the requinto (derived from the Spanish guitar), Afro-Dominican percussion and bittersweet love songs.

The Bachata Legends features Ramón Cordero, Ysidro Cabrera “El Chivo Sin Ley”, Leonardo Paniagua, Augusto Santos, and Edilio Paredes. The six musicians kept traditional bachata alive in the 1980s through a series of concerts called “Lunes de Amargue” (amargue translates loosely as the bitter-sweet feeling of unattained love). At the time, the series was very successful and led to copycat programs such as the ‘Noches de Amargue’ (bittersweet nights). Bachata began being referred to as “música de amargue”, a term still used today.

In 2008, the increasing interest in traditional bachata in the United States led to a series of concerts in North America under The Bachata Roja Legends. iASO Records organized recording sessions at New York’s Studio One East, where they recorded songs by Ramón Cordero, Ysidro Cabrera “El Chivo Sin Ley”, Leonardo Paniagua, Augusto Santos, and Edilio Paredes. The result is The Bachata Legends, a collection of high quality recordings by the now veteran musicians, who are keeping the venerable tradition alive.

The Bachata Legends brings together some of the finest traditional bachata singer-songwriters and performers of the Dominican requinto guitar.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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