Santo Domingo Blues | Chicago Reader

Santo Domingo Blues

This lively, low-budget video documentary explores the roots and rise of bachata, a rustic guitar-driven dance music that now rivals merengue as the most popular musical export from the Dominican Republic. Shooting there and in New York, director Alex Wolfe traces the style's development from rural working-class blues to sophisticated, sexually charged party music. The technically uneven performance footage is redeemed by excellent sound and charismatic interviews with popular bachateros like Raulin Rodriguez, Teodoro Reyes, and de facto narrator Luis Vargas, whose rags-to-riches career symbolizes the form's ascent to legitimacy. In English and subtitled Spanish. 74 min.


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