Antony Santos Bachata

Antony Santos - Old Album Cover
Antony Santos - Old Album 2
Antony Santos - Black & White
Antony Santos - Live

Bachata’s modern era was ushered in by Blas Durán’s incorporation of the electric guitar into the music in 1987. The group of bachateros who followed in Durán’s footsteps—Luis Vargas, Raulín Rodriguez, Antony Santos, Juan Bautista--all had a role in defining what the music has come to sound like today. There is, however, no argument that the single most influential bachatero in establishing the modern style, as well as possibly the most commercially successful bachatero ever, has been Antony Santos.

Santos comes from the same region on the northern border with Haiti as Luis Vargas and Raulín Rodriguez, and they all worked with one another at various times. Santos began as the güirero in Luis Vargas’ group when Vargas was beginning to make a name for himself with doble sentido merengues that imitated both Blas Durán and Eladio Romero Santos. He left Vargas’ group in the wake of personal differences between the two, and recorded his first production, La chupadera, in 1991. The cassette (at that time bachata was not yet available on CDs, which at any rate would have been too expensive for the music’s traditional audience) included a number of doble sentido songs like “La parcela”, “La passola” and “El behuco”. The number that helped define the beginning of a new era in bachata, however, was a strictly romantic song which became a huge hit among both traditional bachateros and the public at large—“Voy pa’lla”. The song was one of the first significant “electric” bachatas not based on sexual double entendre, and it reached a wider audience than probably any single song ever recorded in the genre up to that time.

Antony Santos was precisely the right musician in the right place at the right time during bachata’s history. While it was the bachata “Voy pa’lla” that originally made him famous, Santos had as much success with the merengues on his recordings as the bachatas. This heavy emphasis on merengue was instrumental in allowing bachata to reach a larger audience, because many Dominicans, still unwilling to let go of the traditional stigma against bachata, didn’t know how to dance it. Santos’ merengues were accessible to the Dominican public at large, and some of his biggest hits have been merengues.

While modern bachata does not begin with Santos, the innovations which he and his group introduced into the genre have been extremely important in defining its current form. Previously, lead guitarists like Edilio Paredes and Augusto Santos played upward with their fingers in a florid, melodic style; even Jesús Martinez, Blas Durán’s pioneering lead guitarist, used his fingers to play although in a simpler fashion. Antony Santos, followed the lead of his mentor Luis Vargas and of Eladio Romero Santos in playing the strings downward, with a thumb pick. The resulting style was simpler and more rhythmic, and has given bachata an instantly recognizable sound when compared with other kinds of Latin guitar music. Meanwhile, the bachata which Santos was recording began to reflect, more and more, the influence of his merengues. His bongo player played the instrument with two sticks, rather than with his hands, and many of the breaks had a merengue feel. In addition, the group developed a mambo section in which the güira plays a pattern typical of merengue and the bass plays a pattern derived from the cha-cha-cha section of traditional bolero. In the merengues themselves, the traditional tambora rhythm was replaced by a simplified version of “caballito”, the rhythm made popular by merengue orquestas like Los Hermanos Rosarios.

As the decade of the 1990s went on, Santos was consistently successful with both his bachatas and his merengues, and the rhythmic patterns which his group developed for the different sections of the song came to be the standard for the genre. And while other bachateros came and went, Santos continued to thrive, eclipsing his rival and former mentor, Luis Vargas, among others. So many of Santos’ songs have become classics of modern bachata that a list of them would read like a list of virtually everything he recorded during the 1990s. Some of his most significant songs during this period have been his merengues “El perrito”; “Me voy a morir”: “Dejame entrar”; “La batalla”, and “Quililín quililán”. Among the many landmark bachatas which Santos recorded during the 1990s are “Corazón culpable”, “Quien te engañó”, “Consejo de padre”, “Durmiendo solo” and “Pegame tu vicio”.

In 2001’s El balazo, Santos began to experiment again by incorporating an electric keyboard into his merengues, a subtle innovation which did not significantly alter the music. In the following recording, Juego de amor, he included saxophones and turned the keyboard up in the mix. The new sound did not receive ringing endorsements from bachata’s traditional audience; by this time other bachateros had drastically reduced the number of merengues they were recording as bachata itself grew in popularity by leaps and bounds, so fans of merengue de cuerda had only Santos to depend on. His incorporation of saxophones and piano seem to have hurt the popularity of his most recent recordings, although the bachatas on them, including “La jaula de oro” and “Ay, ay, ay” (recorded live), have been well received

At this point Antony Santos is the elder statesman of bachata. To many young bachateros, unfamiliar with Blas Duran, Santos’ music is where modern bachata begins. The fact that he is still active and successful helps to cement his importance in the minds of today’s bachata audience. While Santos was not in fact responsible for the innovations that lead to bachata’s modernization, for which we must credit Durán and his lead guitarist, Jesús Martinez, he is unquestionably the most important figure in establishing the norms of the modern style. Santos’ popularity, as well, remains as large as his influence—in a rare tour of the United States in 2004, he is said to have played more than 45 dates in a month and taken home approximately $200,000.

-- David Wayne

Comments

aunk sea un hola quisiera ver.!!! eres un ser especial nada como tus musicas *VOY PA HALLA* COMO QUISIERA K VINIERAS A CARACAS A MI PAIS PARA VERTE D TI DE VERDAD K NO ME PERDERIA UN CONCIERTO..

SOI IDOLO ME LLAMO ALEXA COMO QUISIERA QUE PARA VENEZUELA-CARACAS VINIERAS A CANTAR NO ME PERDERIA NI UNA MUSICA ERES UN BACHATERO DE LOS 1RO SOLO TU SABES CANTAR ERES UNO K DIOS TE BENDIGA MAYILBEEEEEEEEEEEEE *-* *-* *-*

estas bien Anthony sando pratico tu musica todos los dia soy guirero

kieroaselunavacnata

es algo asombroso y mas sabienso del lugar de donde viene... lo umilde que era...

POR FAVOR ME AJUDEM PRECISO TER UMA CONVERSA COM ANTONY SANTOS E NAO SEI O QUE FAZER...... ME AJUDEM

antony santos o melhor da R.DOMINICANA

el un bachatero dominicano que canta bachata para el mundo pero yo le dijo que se arrepientan se sus pescado

Hola,

Quisiera encontrar una buena promocion para ganar un Ipad, es posible.
Gracias de antemano

amo la bachata,mas aun cuando fui a punta cana

hola soy fanatico de del majimbe quiero saver si antonny va estar en puerto plata en diciembre

antoni santo el mejor del jenero de bachata no ai hotro como el es el mejor

Antony the best forever

Ahora mismo es el mejor bachatero de la Rep.Dom.

el mejor cantante de la republica dominicana!!!! dominican all day!!!

Hallo Antony,
deine Music begestert mich auch hier in Deutschland....
Beste Grüße
M.W.

para mi es el mas popular de la republica dominicana el que mas gusta entre los hombres como bachatero

muchas felicidades

Las mejore bachata de antony santo

los dise nnerson ogando

Tuve la dicha de verlo en VIVO en el 1997 en Puerto Rico. La unica vez y el mejor que he visto. Ese dia me enamore de la bachata. El Mayimbe

el papa indiscutiblemente el mejor antony santos tu bachatu

antony santos es el papa de la bachata indiscutiblemente

el papa de la bachata lo mas fuerte en el genero y el k mas llena en todas las fiesta

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Hola mayimbe de mayimbes, quisiera que un dia leyera este cometentario para que te des cuenta de lo orgulloso que estoy de que sea de mi pais y al mismo tiempo para que sepa que te tengo en todos mis divices, eres el as de la bachacta sin temor a equivocarme, que dios te bendiga te colme de larga vida llena de salud

es inesplicable el es el mejor de todos los tiempos

I would to know if you ever plan on doing a cross-over of the Bachata music this great bro keep going God Bless You. Que Dios Me Lo Bendiga a Todos.

eldia k yo pueda hacer unafieta con ese montro,ese mismo dia me puedo morir. chanel de bonao

aki chanel, enete pai no a nacido unoma grande k antony santo.ni 440 ni samysosa nipedro ni romeo niduarte.aki toelmundo lo imita porque no tienen talento propio.el cassandra le keda chikito.loma grand k a dao la rep dom.

antoni para mi uste es el mejor de esta baina tengo mucha bachata ecrita megutaria gue tu entrepretara una de eya

cuando sale tu producion conpleta yo la esto eperado

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quisira gue dios pertira acer una cacion contigo hato mayor

ami me quiya cuando yo veo los lanbone de acroarte dandole 5 y 6 premia a juan luis geRa que no se lo merese porque en este pais el nunca a estado pegado y esa musica no gusta aki si eso loco delos hotros paise le dan premia amen pero aqui el no se lo gana nadie se amarga con la musica del nadie vebe con la musica del todo eso se lo merese antoni santo que as tenido una buena trayectoria y as pegado toda las canciones merenge bachata romantico antoni santo el mejor de mi pais mi coreo es elblack27@hotmail.com

me gustaria ver a antonisanto cantando algo de lo que yo escribo mi coreo es elblack27@hotmail.com

el mayinbe antoni santo para mi es el mejol bachatero pol eso les boy a cantal ay no te baya pork se muere mis arma ese es un merenguito bacano

antony santos heres el unico con quien en algun tiempo me gustaria grabar 1 de mis canciones a duo para demostrarle al mundo que soy de tu escuadra osea que tengo mi calidad mi, carisma con el swing del mejor antony santos. heres un hastro.

en este momento estoy escuchando el bojuco eso es una baina melma

en este momento estoy escuchando el bojuco eso es una baina melma

Romeo!! que buenas tus canciones!! Estamos fascinados en Cordoba - Argentina con mi novio!! Bailamos y cantamos tu musica todo el tiempo. El cumple años el 14 de sep seria inmensamente feliz si puedes dejarle un mensaje de cumpleaños. Gracias Su nombre es Lucio

hola mayinbe como estas soy enrrique de repu. de romana siempre me ha gustado ut musi y sobreto como tu toca la guitarra es poreso que frank reyes nunca ba poder con tigo sigue siempre asi que dios te vendiga ciempre, enrrique

hola mayinbe como estas soy enrrique de repu. de romana siempre me ha gustado musi y sobreto como tu toca la guitarra es poreso que frank reyes nunca ba poder con tigo sigue siempre asi que dios te vendiga ciempre, enrrique

hola mi ROMEO.sabes me enkanta toda tu musika,pero sobretodo TU.te amo y kuando te veo en la television mi marido se pone muy celoso.TE AMO eres lo maximo y muy bello...

hola antoni me siento muy orgullosa de k tu eres dominicano y soy una gran almiradora tuya

...Hi Anthony, Fanatica tuya de Corazon, Negro te quiero mucho, que el Todopoderoso guie tus pasos y te bendiga siempre, I love U....

HEY SOY TU ADMIRADORA , SALUDO DESDE ORLANDO A ESE ORGULLO DOMINICANO

ANTONY ERES EL MEJOR ESTOY LOCA POR IR A UNA DE TUS FIESTAS AQUI O ALLA CUANDO BIENES PARA LONG ISLAND NY.TE QUIERO MUCHO.

lo mejor de la bachata el bachatu no tuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

en la rd no ay bachatero k aiga podio con el mayinbe.

o mr santos les deseo que higa una mujer desenyada para ti y que te haja muy feliz y se ya la encontraste que sienta orgujosa de so macho por que tu te los mereces todo ny mucho mas sige adelante y las vendicines para ti y tus famlias