Bachata Haiti


Bachata Haiti: Erasing borders through music

Bachata Haiti highlights a relationship that has long existed between Bachata, an emblem of Dominican identity, and Haitian migrants that over generations have contributed to the genre.

Bachata is a guitar-based music from the Dominican Republic. It is hugely popular in the barrios but frowned upon by polite society. Censorship in the Dominican media has contributed to Bachata’s isolation, but in recent years, the success of pop bachateros like Romeo Santos has opened doors for more traditional artists.

Despite tense relations between the countries, Haitian immigrants to the Dominican Republic have played an important role in Bachata’s development and are among its most ardent fans. Haitian-Dominican bachata artists like Robin Carino, Felix Cumbe, and El Zorro Negro have cemented bachata as a music of the Haitian diaspora, and overcome prejudice in achieving mainstream success. Though Creole is the mother tongue of a number of popular bachata artists, and of many of their fans, a Creole language bachata has never been released until now. Sung in Creole and Spanish, Bachata Haiti joins bachata guitar maestro Joan Soriano with a roster of Haitian-Dominican artists, including Felix Cumbe, Franklin Medina "El Zorro Negro", Toni Tomas, Hector Ventura "El Gabilan", Tony Sugar [Los Diplomaticos de Haiti], and Willy Sánchez.

We are pleased to feature single pre-release of Toni Tomas' Cheri Amou. The full album will be available in the fall of 2018.


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