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April 19, 2012 During the last 20 years, bachata has risen from the back country of the Dominican Republic to take its place next to salsa in concert halls. Milo Miles considers bachata's humble beginnings and the continuing appeal of its simpler side.
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February 16, 2012 With his songs of heartache, Soriano is an essential piece of the bachata story. Known as "El Duque de la Bachata" ("The Duke of Bachata"), Soriano gives a raw but beautiful performance at the NPR Music offices.
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October 12, 2010 Bachata is guitar-based music born in the poor neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic. It emerged from the shadows in the 1960s, only to be derided as low-class. Today, bachata is one of the Caribbean's most popular music genres. And it has a new star in 36-year-old Joan Soriano. His debut CD is called El Duque de la Bachata, or The Duke of Bachata.
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