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. iASO Records’ Bachata Haiti joins bachatero Joan Soriano with a roster of Haitian-Dominican artists, including Franklin Medina “El Zorro Negro”. The cross-cultural collaboration for the first time introduces bachatas sung in Haitian Creole.
Joan has been featured in Alex Wolfe’s documentary “Santo Domingo Blues” and is the star of Adam Taub’s film: “The Duke Of Bachata.” He has released 3 albums with iASO Records and has performed in festivals and clubs throughout the United States and Europe since 2010. El Zorro Negro is one of the most popular bachateros among the Dominican Republic’s Haitian diaspora.
We are pleased to feature the project's first release: Toni Tomas, Cheri Amou.