Botella

Diez millones de indigentes Analfabetos y Hermanos.
Quien nos comera la gloria?
Quien desatara el verano?
Cuando alzaremos la frente Quisqueyanos?
J. L. G. (extracto de la cancion “Si de aqui saliera Petroleo”).

Da pena y verguenza pero es la verdad.

Poemundo

En le país que yo nací, hay un término; Botella, que significa lo siguiente: Sueldo recibido a cambio de poco o ningún trabajo. Las botellas son comunes en el gobierno donde personas son asignados a posiciones bien pagas solo por sus relaciones con la persona en poder. ¡He aquí un homenaje a los “generales”, “embajadores”, “tenientes”, “catedráticos”, “doctores” etc.. Sigan chupando!

Que majestuosa y formidable bestia eres león

Tu melena dorada me dice que eres rey
De estas partes

Tu corona iluminada dice que no hay buey
Ni toro que sea más triunfante

Que hasta los lobos salvajes siguen tu ley
De almirante

Y te sientas en tu trono brillante
En el alto cerro

Que tus días vienen y van
Días de oro
Días de pan

Rebaño de animalitos deslizan y murmullan en la noche
León, de donde vienen tus tributos
Quien te adorna con triunfos
Rebaño de animalitos que…

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“André Veloz, una de las pocas mujeres intérpretes de la bachata tradicional” by Philip Klint

Bachatera Andre Veloz in a very witty interview by Philip Klint from NY1. Hoping to hear more of Andre Veloz and definitively hoping to hear more of emerging Bachateras. If you know the names of more female Bachata singers please leave me the names as comments in the comment section of this blog. Will be delighted to share their music.

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Andre Veloz y Yasser Tejeda en el Andrew Freedman Home del Bronx junto al periodista Philip Klint para NY1 Noticias Andre Veloz y Yasser Tejeda en el Andrew Freedman Home del Bronx junto al periodista Philip Klint para NY1 Noticias

Es una de las pocas voces femeninas en un género dominado por hombres. Pero André Veloz, ha logrado abrirse camino en el mundo de la bachata a través de sus propias composiciones y una fusión con otros estilos y géneros musicales. Philip Klint nos tiene su historia. Viene de una familia de abogados. Pero André Veloz nunca se interesó en una carrera en derecho. Su pasión desde chica fue la música, canciones de Madonna, que solía entonar en la regadera de su casa, rock latino y por supuesto el merengue de su país natal. Nacida en St. Croix en las Islas Vírgenes, Veloz se crió en República Dominicana y es ahí donde poco a poco se fue empapando de lo que se convertiría en su vocación, una de las pocas…

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Dancing Bachata and the Bass Guitar

This is too interesting and needed to share! Enjoy this Blog entry on the fantastic musical puzzle Bachata is and all of it’s components.

Bachata Music and Dance

“Its like a car. If you are missing a piece it’s not a car, the car doesn’t run.” These are the words of influential bachata bass player Billy Bachata during an interview I did with him. Speaking about the role of the bass in bachata music and dance he went on to say that the bass guitar is the foundation or “floor” in bachata, and that it has to be beautiful so that you can add other furniture and decorations on top of it. These other decorations are the other instruments such as the lead guitar and vocals. While the bass player can add embelishments to the music they should never forget their role in providing the foundation for the musicians and the dancers. This is an important concept for dancers as well. By deeply connecting with the bass dancers can build a solid foundation from which to add other…

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Dominican dance declared ‘cultural heritage’

Just in time!!

Repeating Islands

sergio

Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

Bachata is a dance and genre of music that originated in the countryside and rural neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic in the early 20th century and has now spread to Europe and the United States.

Its worldwide popularity is a great achievement for the DR and, this week, the government took the next step to honor bachata by passing a law that declares it part of their cultural heritage.

Under the new law, the Ministry of Culture is responsible for promoting, disseminating, and expanding bachata. The law requires Dominican embassies, consulates and missions all over the world to take action and promote bachata abroad.

“[This law] is meaningful because it contributes to the value and preservation of this important Dominican Republic musical expression,” Minister of Culture José Antonio Rodríguez said.

For the original report go to http://www.pangeatoday.com/dominican-dance-declared-cultural-heritage

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Dark Days

La situacion en mi pais llora ante los ojos de Dios. Por eso tenia que compartir este blog de una de mis Boggeras favoritas quien escribe con una gran sensibilidad sobre un tema muy triste y delicado.

Loca Gringa

We often look at history and examine it’s impact on current times.  In the case of the Dominican Republic this darkness is revisited.  This is not a blog in the normal sense, but a link provided for one catastrophic judicial event on Dominican soil.  I cannot find voice in my mind to re-tell this story.  Nor can I write my opinions as my mind races a million miles a minute with the possible consequences of upcoming actions and the impact on people’s lives and the impact on the Dominican Republic.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/dominican-court-ruling-strips-citizenship-from-thousands-of-offspring-of-haitian-migrants/2013/09/26/6185b5d4-26e7-11e3-9372-92606241ae9c_story.html

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La Negra Se Movia- Richie Ricardo El Natural

This is a brief post in honor of an artist that recently (this week) passed away. If you are an 80’s kid, just like me, you will remember El Natural and his music.
The last time I heard this song must have being around 25 years ago, still, I could remember it. His music and his singing (sometimes compared to El Caballo Mayor, Johnnie Ventura) were very funky and happy.
Richie Ricardo, descanse en paz. You let your mark on the Latin Music world. You may go in peace and be satisfied. Just like this song says: Hay cosas maravillosas que en esta vida no se olvidan (there are wonderful thing that are unforgettable in your life) that is how El Natural music is.

Propuesta indecente de Romeo Santos

I am sharing this blog in Romeo Santos “Propuesta Indecente” (Indecent Proposal) just because I think is a magnificent song and because I am really proud of Romeo who has defied the wildest dreams of creativity in Bachata. Enjoy it

Pin Bencosme

Equilibrio perfecto de lo ayer y lo de hoy.

Este artista con quien a mi modo de ver, tenemos una deuda insaldable, junto con sus cómplices; en el buen sentido de la palabra, del Grupo Aventura, nos sorprende con una nueva canción: Propuesta indecente.

     Una integración de Bachata, Bolero, Tango y “música moderna”

     Romeo a dado otro salto mortal, un giro inesperado  (siempre logra engañarnos) ha colocado la bachata frente al espejo pero, este parece devolverle la imagen del pasado y presente sin distorsión: maracas, bajo baby o su sonido, congas y tumbao` de bolero. Todo eso mas su estilo particular: sonoridades del Pop, R&B..imáganes urbanas con melodía tradicional en la bachata de raices campecinas o sub-urbanas.

     Técnicamente hay que destacar que es quizas su mejor grabación y/o mezcla (desde Aventura incluido), para un proyecto propio (su canción-bachata con Thalia tiene estas condiciones, pero muy comunes en…

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Viewing this video is like being visited by a gentle Ghost. A Ghost in la Calle 30 de Marzo of la Ciudad Corazon. The Hotel Mercedes Does not exists anymore in the heart of Santiago. Yet trough the magic of video that gorgeous Colonial Monster is still alive, the video of “Mesita de Noche” Bachata written and sang by Victor Victor.

I think Victor Victor never imagined that when he composed that song it was going to be capable of unleashing so much nostalgia for many Dominicans. The nostalgia of the tune itself and of the video, which depicts many places that are not there anymore. Is so sad how beautiful old things are abandoned and forgotten. I will not allow that to happen with this tune. Is such a paradox that the lyrics of the songs are exactly about not allowing someone to forget. He tells the object of his affection: “I will save your love in my night stand, it is like a pendant hanging from the middle of my heart”

Now, as you have seen by me previous posts I am all about the Dominican Music of the 80’s. Today I have a little jewel for you, a gem I save in my night stand: “Mi Mesita de Noche” by Dominican singer/songwriter Victor Victor.

About the author. Along with Juan Luis Guerra and El Terror, Mr. Luis Dias, Victor Victor was one of the Dominican musicians that started kind of “refining” Bachata back in the 80’s and 90’s. While is not Bachata pura, the three gentlemen mentioned before deserve a lot of credit for helping Bachata become part of the mainstream in Domican Republic and breaking the stigma that it was music for uneducated people. I think their contribution is important and is a reason of the acceptance of new Bachateros such as Aventura, Prince Royce and Romeo Santos.

Below the lyrics of “Mesita de Noche” translated into English for your enjoyment:

“Mesita de Noche” (“Nightstand”)

Do not ask me to leave
You will not get me to do that
The love in me, The love in me
Accompany me to the end.

No you do not want to look
If your eyes are my light
Two stars that illuminate me
At night. The reason the blue sea …

Because I keep your love
On my nightstand
Going on as a pendant
In the middle of the heart (Bis)

The portrait of my dreams
Take your face painted
You do not want me to delete
O my soul will die …