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Santo Domingo Blues: Los Tigueres de la Bachata (2004)

Santo Domingo Blues is the fascinating tale of how Bachata, a music genre once vilified by the Latin upper class as the bawdy ghetto soundtrack of brothels and vulgar cabarets, came to ... See full summary »

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Santo Domingo Blues is the fascinating tale of how Bachata, a music genre once vilified by the Latin upper class as the bawdy ghetto soundtrack of brothels and vulgar cabarets, came to rival meringue and salsa as the preferred music of the Latin world. Through performances, first-person interviews and telling verite scenes with guitarist and guitarist and singer/songwriter Luis Vargas - and his fellow bachateros, viewers are treated to not only a bittersweet success story on one immigrant artist, but an understanding of this once-maligned music style. Following Vargas' poignant journey from New York City back to his hometown of Santa Maria in the Dominican Republic, award-winning director and producer Alex Wolfe tells the story of Bachata's transformation from a "song of bitterness" to an emblem of Dominican national pride. Written by Anonymous

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Excellent documentary about Bachata music
22 July 2004 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent documentary about one of the Dominican Republic's form of music called Bachata. If you are interested in music history or just like music and want to know more about it, this is the film to watch. The director Alex Wolfe in his beautifully done film does not give opinions, he simple shows the points of view of the artists and their struggle to popularize the genre. He also talks to regular people on their opinion about bachata, whether they like it or not, and what it represents to them. This is an important film for a music genre that has been overlooked even though it's been around for over fifty years and is growing rapidly by the year. Bachata's popularity has stemmed from the fact that it is in a way the equivalent to blues in it's central themes of the "Average Joe's" heartbreak and disappointment in life and in the system. It's mostly what poor people listened to when it started and still listen to today. It's also been popularized in New York and the east coast where the biggest growing minority population is Dominicans, making it an even bigger success than it would have been otherwise.


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