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Dominican Bachata Inscribed in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Bachata maestro and instructor Mártires de León at The Bachata Academy – Photo courtesy of iASO Records, 2016

The music and dance of Dominican Bachata was inscribed on Thursday, December 12th, 2019 in UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Bachata, a genre born in the Dominican Republic, intertwines rhythmic bolero music with Afro-Antillean styles. Overall, the lyrics communicate heartfelt love, passion and nostalgia. Bachata is conventionally performed by a small group of musicians with the guitar as lead instrument, along with percussion accompanied by a bass instrument.

Bachata dancers – Photo courtesy of Centro León

The dance is fervent, including sensual hip movements by couples who perform it at all traditional celebrations in the Dominican Republic. Bachata is learned freely from a young age.

One of the most famous modern bachata stars is Juan Luis Guerra (Grandes Exitos de Juan Luis Guerra y 4.40, greatest hits).


World Music Winners at the 2019 Latin Grammy Awards

The 2019 Latin Grammy Awards ceremony took place yesterday, November 14, 2019. We feature here the list of winners in roots music categories that are generally included under the world music umbrella.

Album Of The Year

El Mal Querer – Rosalia (Sony Music Entertainment España)

Best Salsa Album

Mas De Mi – Tony Succar (Unity Entertainment)

Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album

Yo Me Llamo Cumbia – Puerto Candelaria & Juancho Valencia (Merlín Producciones/Peermusic)

Best Traditional Tropical Album

Andrés Cepeda Big Band (En Vivo) – Andrés Cepeda (Sony Music)

Best Contemporary/Tropical Fusion Album

Literal – Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 (Universal Music Latino)

Best Tropical Song

Kitipun – Juan Luis Guerra, songwriter (Juan Luis Guerra 4.40) (Universal Music Latino)

Best Folk Album

Tiempo Al Tiempo – Luis Enrique + C4 Trio (Chazz Music/ Empire Records)

Best Tango Album

Revolucionario – Quinteto Astor Piazzolla (East 54 Entertainment)

Best Latin Jazz/Jazz Album

Jazz Batá 2 – Chucho Valdés (Mack Avenue Music Group)

Best Samba/Pagode Album

Mart’nália Canta Vinicius De Moraes – Mart’nália (Biscoito Fino)

Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album

OK OK OK – Gilberto Gil (Biscoito Fino)

Best Portuguese Language Roots Album

Hermeto Pascoal E Sua Visão Original Do Forró – Hermeto Pascoal (Scubidu Music)

For the complete list of winners, go to Latin Grammys

headline image: cover of Kitipun – Juan Luis Guerra