The Caribbean And Latin Music Essay

1609 Words Dec 18th, 2016 7 Pages
A term that is widely used by many people in the world today, but is highly inaccurate, is the phrase “Caribbean/Latin Music”. The Caribbean is a large part of the world with many island nations within it, and within these island nations there are even more music genres. When someone says “Caribbean Music,” it is impossible to tell if they are talking about Merengue from the Dominican Republic, Ska from Jamaica, Salsa from Cuba, Reggaeton from Puerto Rico, or the many other types of music genres originating from the variety of countries that there are in the Caribbean. A specific type of Caribbean music that originates from the Dominican Republic is a genre called Bachata. This is a relatively new genre of music that has gained widespread fame and recognition throughout the world. Although Bachata is currently recognized as a popular genre, it was once rejected as a valid type of music. From small and humble beginnings to worldwide interest, Bachata has gone through change, ridicule, and has even spread to come from a different country due to the heavy immigration of Dominican people in the 1960’s to New York City. In February 1930, Rafael “El Jefe” Trujillo forcefully took control of the Dominican Republic starting the “Trujillo Era”. From 1930 to 1961, Trujillo ruled the Dominican Republic with an iron fist ( Staff). He controlled every aspect of everyone’s lives, from taking away civil liberties, to disrupting the human rights of the Dominican people. Trujillo…

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