Merengue and Bachata are tropical rhythms from the Dominican Republic. Both originated in folk forms have been modernized into urban forms.
Merengue was originally played on a guitar, but is now usually played on accordions.
Traditional bachata is a blend of bolero and son sung by troubadours, sort of a Dominican blues. Bachata got electrified, updated and romanticized into an urban form in the 1990s by Aventura (with Romeo Santos) in The Bronx and Monchy & Alexandra in the DR.
Merengue and bachata are part of the Latin dance trinity: Salsa + Mergenue + Bachata.
Everybody plays bachata now, but the leaders of the music are Juan Luis Guerra (traditional), and Romeo Santos and Aventura (urban).
Monday, June 7, 2021 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic: June 7, 1957
AVENTURA Mon-Thu, March 16-19, 2020 Sunday, March 22, 2020 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL Midtown, Manhattan – Dominican-Puerto Rican Bachata superstar continues with his original band Aventura
Mon-Thu, March 16-19, 2020 Sunday, March 22, 2020 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL Midtown, Manhattan – Romeo Santos is back with the Kings of Bachata.
Most salsa dance parties are mixed salsa, merengue and bachata. Sensual bachata is a club form that is popular with Eastern Europeans in New York City.
Bachata Festivals in NYC
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Friday-Monday, May 24-27, 2019 NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN Midtown, Manhattan – A salsa and bachata dance festival of workshops, shows, and dance parties
FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, EAST VILLAGE, NYC | Sat, May 18, 2019 | Dance parade & festival | African, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican & Spanish dances
Bachata New York City
Bachata is everywhere in New York City.
WOODSIDE, Queens FRIDAY Touring artists SATURDAY Tropical party SUNDAY Mexican night – Popular Latin night club with regional mexican, reggaeton, bachata, salsa, cumbia and vallenato dancing.