Only a handful of Dominicans record a real hit in their careers singing merengue and bachata at the same time. And the marked trend is that the merengueros have done better singing bachata than the bachateros interpreting the rhythm of the güira and the tambora.
Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Bueno and Hector Acosta “El Torito” they appear in the select group that, until now, has managed bachata and merengue at ease.
Although the three stood out as merengueros, they stood out with equal or greater media power in the bachata genre, imposing a particular style and swing, earning the respect of lovers of the bitter Dominican rhythm and coexisting in the two aspects with equal repercussion in the public.
To the bachateros who have made the “crossover” to merengue it has become more difficult for him to have an impact or to have an identity in that rhythm .
+ Eladio Romero Santos
In addition, contrary to merengueros who record traditional bachata, bachateros tend to enroll in a type of merengue that is not traditional, but the fusion between both genres and that could be called “merengue abachatiado” or “merengue bachata”, which includes guitars.
It is in the figure of the deceased Bachata player Eladio Romero Santos (1937-2001) that the phenomenon of the first bachatero to introduce merengue with guitar to the radio was born.
Eladio Romero Santos started singing bachata at the time that José Manuel Calderón was doing it and in 1972 he recorded the merengue with guitar “Muñeca”, a musical success that opened the doors to popular taste.
Eladio Romero Santos is the only singer who records bachata and merengue at the same time, with his very particular musical style. He became a phenomenon of popularity, when bachata was still marginalized by a part of society.
The veteran bachatero was the first to master both tropical genres with equal success. Various successors ventured into this style of merengue, including Anthony Santos (“El Mayimbe”) with songs like “They are going to kill me for women”.
Frank Reyes, Raulin Rodriguez, Joe Veras and others have also recorded or introduced “merengue bachata” into their live performances.
In 2019 Frank Reyes recorded “Solo merengue Vol. 17”, his 100% danceable record production, accompanied by popular colleagues as special guests. It did not have the expected impact.
+ Juan Luis Guerra
In the case of Juan Luis, he was baptized as the interpreter who visited bachata with a jacket and tie, presenting it with new musical arrangements and taking it to scenarios unimaginable from the 1990s.
With the incidence of a new bachata edited by Víctor Víctor, Juan Luis Guerra arrives with the phenomenon of “Bachata Rosa” (1990), a song that gives its name to the most awarded album of the famous artist and the one that catapulted him as a phenomenon of the new musical current.
“Estrellitas y duendes” “Burbujas de amor” and “Like a bee to the honeycomb” break out like the new bachata, with a more melodic touch of boleros. It is with this album that bachata begins to break through on big stages.
+ Alex Good
With an unparalleled pitch in his voice both in merengue and bolero, Alex Bueno experimented with bachata in 1998 with the album “Bachata a su tiempo”, establishing himself as one of the few Dominican artists to perfectly master the least four musical genres (merengue, bachata, salsa and boleros).
Success in bachata leads him to record a second production “Corazón duro” (2000), which surpasses all the achievements of the previous album and gives him his first nomination for the Premio Lo Nuestro as best traditional album.
The titles “Look for a confidant”, “That man is me”, “Gotas de pena”, “Let him come back” and “I will leave” stand out from this album. Another bachata proposal emerged in 2002: “Pídeme”, produced by Mártires de León, creator of the two previous ones.
+ The Little Bull
Héctor Acosta (“El Torito”) is a symbol of the merengue of all time. However, during 2007, Héctor Acosta made an impact more as a bachatero than as a merengue player. “El Anillo”, a composition by Romeo Santos, launched it meteorically in the taste of bachata fans. And since then that reality has remained.
The now senator for the province Monseñor Nouel (Bonao) recently announced the launch of his new bachata “El sinner”, a song popularized by the Mexican Javier Solís and that quickly entered the popular taste just days after its release.
Last year he also released the bachata “Pa’que me perdone” and that’s how El Torito’s career has gone between successes more in bachata than in merengue.
Recently, the most recent incursion of a merenguero in bachata is that of Eddy Herrera, who recorded “For the last time” with Frank Reyes.
A year earlier, Manny Cruz and Anthony Santos recorded “Las Puertas del Cielo” in bachata. Both coupled harmoniously and the young man passed the test.
+ Other meringues
Fernando Villalona, Toño Rosario and Rubby Pérez have also recorded bachata.
Milly did the same thing in 2000 with her bachata solo album “Tesoro de mi Tierra”.
From typical music, Krisppy experiences this 2022 in bachata with “El Flow infatuation'”. Before, in 2014, she had already sung with Leonardo Paniagua “Si ardiera la ciudad”.
Alá Jazá also has a vocation for bachata. At his parties he usually dedicates a special set to her and in recent years he has recorded songs like “Mujeriego”.
Johnny Ventura at the time let himself be seduced in 2006 he recorded with Luis Vargas “Por esa mujer”, last year the song “Mi chicachita” joined them on the album “El Legado” by Segura.
In 2017 Juliana Oneall releases her version of “Amorcito enfermito” by Romeo Santos.
Last year, Luis Segura included several merengueros on his multiple album “El Papá de la Bachata, su Legado”.
“El Añoñaíto” recorded with “El Caballo Mayor” Johnny Ventura the bachata “Mi Muchachita”; with Cuco Valoy, “He Has Me Crazy”; Fernandito Villalona in “I Don’t Blame Anyone”; Alex Bueno in “A Girl Like You”; with Rubby Pérez he sings “Que Tú Tengo”; with Miriam Cruz “Jealousy without reason”; Sergio Vargas in “Vuelve” and from the typical merengue Fefita La Grande takes her to bachata with “Vete” and El Prodigio in “Dejo Mi Barrio”.
+ Puerto Ricans
Puerto Rican merengueros have also recorded bachata. Joseph Fonseca tried it in 2008 with a mostly bachata album, with which he sought to emulate the results of Juan Luis and El Torito.
Another Puerto Rican who tried it to the rhythm of bachata was Olga Tañón, who recorded a duet with Villalona “Vuelve a mí” in 2017.