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 the most commercially successful within the Dominican Republic is 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 “Voy pa’lla”, a strictly romantic song which became a huge hit among both traditional bachateros and the public at large. “Voy pa’lla” 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 While it was the bachata “Voy pa’lla” that originally made him famous, Santos had as much success with the merengues on his recordings as the bachatas.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 credit is due to 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. He continues to record hits, and on visits to New York to perform at Madison Square Gardens.

-- David Wayne

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PORQUE LAS FIESTA DEL mayimbe TERMINAN DONDE SE ACUAESTA ELSOL TU ERES MI IDOLO, EL DIA QUE TU TE RETIRES DE ESTA BAINA VAMOS A PASAL TRAVAJO PORQUE CUALQUIERA PUEDE IMITALTE PERO NO IGUALARTE JAMAS. PORQUE SI USTED SUMA,SI USTED RESTA,SI USTED MULTIPLICA,SI USTED DIVIDE , EL RESULTADO DE ANTONI SANTO AL SUMAL EL RESIDUO LE VAS ADAL BACHATA POR TODA PARTE.DIOS TE VENDIGA HOI, MANANA, Y SIEMRE

PORQUE LAS FIESTA DEL mayimbe TERMINAN DONDE SE ACUAESTAN ELSOL TU ERES MI IDOLO, EL DIA QUE TU TE RETIRES DE ESTA BAINA VAMOS A PASAL TRAVAJO PORQUE CUALQUIERA PUEDE IMITALTE PERO NO IGUALARTE JAMAS. PORQUE SI USTED SUMA,SI USTED RESTA,SI USTED MULTIPLICA,SI USTED DIVIDE , EL RESULTADO DE ANTONI SANTO AL SUMAL EL RESIDUO LE VAS ADAL BACHATA POR TODA PARTE.DIOS TE VENDIGA HOI, MANANA, Y SIEMRE

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Me encanta la bachata la llevo en las venas.

El mayimbe,es mi Idolo en la bachata desde q salio su primera producion hasta ahora son exitos y exitos,muchas felicidades y q siga hacia delante...

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Eres el mejor artista del genero bachata

megusta todas las musias de antony santos es el mejor bachatero dominicano que siga si que nosotros los dominicanos lo seguiremos apollando .msn lasexygird@hotmail.es

hoy nuestro mayinbe se presenta en san cristobal en tremendo concierto esperando k todo le salga bien, sabemos k donde ellllllllll se presenta keda people a fuera de los recintos, todo asi ya hoy mi gente, yo me entere k tiene de invitado a romeo de aventura, el mayinbe no nesecita invitar ese lokito viejo,

eres mi idolo

quisiera saber donde se va a presentar el dia de san valentine 2009 ese negro es el rey de la bachata ahora y siempre que viva antony santos

hola antoni ers super tequiero bay

es una gran esperiencia

SOY DE NAGUA Y SOY UN FIEL SEGUIDOR DE LA MUSICA DE ANTONY SANTOS, EL MAYIMBE EL QUE NADIE A PODIDO CON EL. FELICIDADES ANTONY, PALANTE HASTA QUE EL CUERPO AGUANTE.

meguta la musica del mallinbe antoni santo,soy del pomier de san cristobal , meguta esa baina

HOLA, PAPI TE ESCRIVO PARA DESIRTE QUE AUNQUE NO SOY DOMINICANA ESTE DICIENBRE,BOY PARA TU PAIS Y ESPERO VERTE NO IMPORTA EL CAMPO OLA CIUDAD,EN QUE TE PRECENTES, ESCUCHE QUE EL DIA 19 ESTARAS EN EAGLE SPORT BAR ESTARE EN LA PRIMERA FILA YO SALGO DE WASHINGTON DC EL MISMO 19 ALAS 5:00 DELA MANANA TEAMO MI NEGRO BELLO, SEE YOU SOON ALWAY'S YOUR ARIADNE.

HOLA ME GUSTARIA CONOCERTE SOY UNA SUPER FANATICA TUYA ME ENCANTAN TUS BACHATAS TANTO LAS NUEVAS COMO LAS VIEJAS TE VOTASTES CON LA CANCION PREDICA ERES EN GENIO DE LA BACHATA ESPERO BERTE CUANDO BAYAS A SANTO DONINGO TE QUIERO MUCHO CUIDATE QUE DIOS TE BENDIGA.

hola mayimbe tu tienes toda la razon que ni el diablo a podido contigo todavia,dime algo porque cantaste esa cansion religiosa.buena suerte antony

ME GUSTA MUCHO EL GENERO BACHATA, PERO EN LA VOZ DE AVENTURA, EL TORINO Y SACARIAS FERREIRA, ANTHONY SERA EL MAS COTIZADO, PERO NO EL MEJOR.

ANTONY SANTON A LOS CONMETARIO QUE NO TIENE IN PORTASIA SI TU SIEMPRE SIGUE SIENDO EL MAYENBE DE TODO LOS TIEMPO POR MAS FEO QUE SEA PERO CON CACHE PORQUE TODA LAS MUSICA QUE TU TIRA SE PEGA TODA BACHATA Y MERENGUE PESAO.TU ERES EL MEJOR.

Yo amo a Antony por sienpre lo amo lo amo lo amo!!!!!!!!!! LO AMO!!!

ANTHONI VIEJO LOCO, PREPOTENTE Y ARROGANTE, CAMPESINO SIN COSTUMBRE, PODRA SER EL MAS COSTIZADO, PERO NO SABE VESTIR NI TEINE CLASE, FIJATE EN EL PRINCIPE, FRANK REYES, SABE VESTIR Y TIENE CULTURA, A PARTE DE QUE ESTA BUENISIMO...................

algun fanatico sabes como estan los ticker de el concierto de antoni santos el 20 de dic, si estan ya vendidos o faltan me pueden decir k han sabido de eso

antony tu eres mi idolo soy y sere sequidor tuyo por siemrpe saves por q te arecuerda cuando tu hivas a ensallar con el profesor ramon rodriquez en partido dajabon yo siempre me arecuerdo de eso q dios te bendiga antony

antony santos cuando te retire estoy segura k raffy hara un buen trabajo nadie como el para suplantarte,aunk ningun ser humano suplanta otro pork somos unicos.pero raffy es el unic k tiene ese carisma y lo hace muy bien.saluditos por alla desde la florida."La chikita picosa".

?porque tu no quieres cantar en lugares umilde cuando biene de tan abajo o se te olvid?

hay k darse cuenta k solo aqui en santo domingo cobra y ha lo k kiere y todos andan de tras por seras solo en las fiesta k los militares supe k les dieron dossssssssssssss millones diosssss ese si es grande y por eso k lo sigo por k se da valor lo k le hace faltas a casi todos los artista de nuestro pais

dios vendiga a ese k es nuestro mayinbe sin publicidad, no payoleo y sigue siendo lo mas grandes k hay en nuestro pais , esta claro aventura fue a puerto rico si llenaron y cuanto ganaron esos tontito un par de dollares pork son alquilaDOS, DINERO GANA ESE MAYINBE PORK ES DUENO ABSOLUTO DE SU GRUPO Y NO PAGAMOS PAYOLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ESA ES LA ENVIDIAAAAAA AKI SI HAY MONEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

ANTONY SANTOS gracias por esta nueva cancion.MUCHOS CAMBIO EN EL MUNDO????????????????????/ esta vellisima yo me la gozo un monton...............

hold mayimbe ere el mejoij

ME ENCANTA ESTA BAINA.....

anthony santo es lo mejor en bachata y los dominicano en newyork lo queremos como nuestro idolo por ciempre te queremos bye

HOLA ANTONY TU ERE EL MEJOR QUE HAY COMO BACHATERO HASTA AHORA NO HAY NADIE COMO TU SOLAMENTE NO ME GUSTA ALGO Y ES QUE TU DISE MUCHAS MALA PALABRAS CORRIJE ESO ANTONY Y VERAS QUE TU BRILLARA MAS COM MUCHO AMOR UN FIER ADMIRADOR TUYO FRANCIS

Good stuff dude , keep up doing good job. I spent many years in Barahona, I loved it. Bonisimo.

pero k negrito k seadado grande el mayimbe el mejor de la bachata wwweeepa!.......

hola antonny santos me llamo whylkins desde villa mella soy tu ma fiel fanatico.pero nunca e podido conocerlo ni disfrutar de una fiesta sulla espero hacerlo antes de k se rretire de la musica espero k lea este menseje´........

MI PADRE ADORA TODAS SUS CANCIONES SIGUE ASI QUE DIOS TE VENDIGA

de italia com respeto para amtony santo de un tu grande agmirador elvis

antoni quiero ser tu amiga el mejor bachatero dominicana

Antoni tu eres el montro de la bachata. sigue asi siepre,un fanatico de toda la vida. KEUDY.

waooo es increible,para mi lo mejor como bachatero.es imsuperable

Hay que darle las gracias a luis vargas por ensenar a Anthony santo..Y darles la gracias a antony santo por ensenar a raulin....cada quien tiene su repeto.....

ere el mejor los digollo cono ere er matatan delas bachatas

me encanta y me gustaria ir a un concierto tuyo te amo me gusta toda tu bachata especial la que salio nueva

LO MEJOR QUE HAY COMO VACHATA EN LA REP DOM.

cierto es kern antoni es mas que un perro