The Bachata of Luis Vargas

Dominican bachata is a form of bolero-based Dominican blues that originated in neighborhood bars and other “dens of ill-repute.” Bachata musicians sing about pain, struggle and the troubles of daily life, most often with a strong string of double entendres. Luis Vargas is one of the genres’s stars. Vargas has been performing bachata since the early 1980s but only rose to the forefront of the Dominican music scene when he started playing bachata with an electric guitar. He and former-bandmate, bachata star Anthony Santos, have harbored a legendary rivalry; Santos is the more commercially successful artist and generally ignored Vargas, though Vargas hasn’t been shy about acknowledging Santos in some lyrical twists and turns on his albums. Can’t we all just get along?

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