Hawaii Bachata Club's Music
Toby Love (born March 20, 1979) is a bachata musician based out of The Bronx, New York. His hip hop-influenced music has been referred to as "crunkchata". Love was a member of the bachata band Aventura before launching a solo career with his 2006 self-titled LP, released on Sony Records.
The group was formed in 1994 by cousins Anthony (Romeo) and Henry Santos and brothers Max and Lenny Santos. They originally went by the name Los Teenagers (The Teenagers). They later decided to change their name to Aventura. In 1999, they released their debut album Generation Next, which featured hits such as Cuando Volveras and No Lo Perdona Dios. The former song introduced bachata fans with Aventura's knack for speaking both English and Spanish in their songs. Although it would receive little promotion initially, the album would become big once their follow-up was released. In 2002, We Broke the Rules was released featuring the runaway hit Obsesion. It would first receive constant airplay in New York City in the summer of 2002 on stations Latino Mix 105.9 and La Mega 97.9, but the hit eventually spread worldwide by the end of the next year. The album featured other hits such as Amor de Madre, Todavia Me Amas, and Ensename a Olvidar. In March 2003, New York stations started promotion for the group's third album Love & Hate by releasing the first single La Guerra. Despite being a decent hit in New York, the album became a bigger deal thanks to its second single Hermanita in September 2003. After months of promotion, Love & Hate was finally released later that month. After promoting Love & Hate, most of 2004 was spent in the recording studio and on the road
Xtreme is a Dominican music group consisting of members Danny Mejia (born July 23, 1985) and Steven Tejada (born November 25, 1985). The group focuses on the Latin genre bachata. Xtreme was formed in 2003 and since then has enjoyed success among Hispanic listeners across the United States.
Xtreme was formed in 2003 by the record label 2 Strong Entertainment. The creation of the band started after the discovery of seventeen year old, Danny Mejia. Danny, who was born in the Bronx, New York, and is quoted in the 2 Strong website as a boy who "displayed tremendous talent and passion for music". The Xtreme project then branched out to search for other possible members before settling on Steven Tejada and a third member who is no longer part of the group.
The group's first album, Xtreme was released in 2004 and reissued by "Univision Music Group" in 2006 and reached #14 on the Top Latin Albums chart.
"Haciendo Historia", the group's newest album, was released in late 2006 and peaked at #13 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The single "Shorty Shorty" has enjoyed similar success reaching #1 on the Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay chart and #2 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.
Dominican bachata-merengue singer Frank Reyes had his breakthrough after Sony released his album Estelares de Frank Reyes on September 2, 1997. Known as Bachata's prince, Frank Reyes achieved a Casandra award, a major local recognition, as well as being nominated by Acroarte, the Dominican art journalists association, for best Bachata performer. After issuing 1998's Vine a Decirte Adios, the tropical artist returned with 1999's Extraño Mi Pueblo, produced by himself and Rafael Núñez, later, getting into the new millenium with Amor en Silencio. ~ Drago Bonacich,
Antony Santos is a bachata musician from the Dominican Republic, renowned for his role in redefining the genre to include romantic music.
He entered onto the scene in the early 1990s. being the first rural bachatero to reach a mainstream audience with his hit "Voy pa'lla", shortly after Blas Durán had appropriated the electric guitar for the genre. Santos' adoption of soft romantic lyrics was more socially accepted than the bawdy cabaret style common to bachata before him, and he shortly became the genre's leading artist, helping move bachata into the Caribbean Latino mainstream.
Antony Santos is currently the best paid bachatero in the Dominican Republic. He has already signed the contract to offer a concert in Puerto Rico at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, a venue with a seating capacity of 10,000 people. This concert was on May 12, 2007 and he's said to have been paid an unprecedented US$90,000 for this one presentation alone and is happily married to his wife Teresa
Luis Vargas is one of the Dominican Republic's most popular bachata musicians. When he began in the early 1990s, Antony Santos, considered by some to be one of the most influential bachata musicians of all time, was his güira player.
Vargas, who sings and plays his own lead guitar, was one of the first to play bachata with the electric guitar - an innovation which contributed to greatly expanding bachata's popularity. After very disappointing record sales more than three years in a row Luis Vargas has since retired from the business. Many think he will eventually make a comeback.
Eventually Luis Vargas did make a comeback and as most Dominican's never lost faith in his return he is just as popular now as he ever was. Antony Santos and Luis Vargas have also been known for many rivalries over the internet and on stage. He has a sister that lives in Lawrence Mass.
Luis Vargas "Volvio el Dolor"
Domenic Marte, the Hottest Latin Sensation since Marc Anthony & Ricky Martin to hit the air-waves of Latin Music!In September of last year, J&N / SONY RECORDS released Domenic's debut album "INTIMAMENTE". The album launched the # 1 bachata single "VEN TU". Since September, Domenic has been on a promotional tour traveling the world bringing him everywhere from Spain to Costa Rica and all in between.
Domenic's single "VEN TU" was nominated for an award at this years PREMIO LONUESTRO, A La Musica Latina. DOMENIC is a multi-talented man with a bright future ahead. Of the 16 songs that cohabit in this album, six were written by him. He not only wrote but majestically produced one of the tracks, "Find Another Man". That alone makes quite a statement as to the many hats DOMENIC is capable of wearing; artist, producer and song writer.
4 of the album tracks are performed in English while the remainder of the album is in Spanish. The album consists of a variety of musical styles from Latin Pop and Bachata to some smoothed out R&B.The first single, "VEN TU" is sizzling in every sense of the word; a modern day Bachata, spiced with Latin emotion, passion, style and flavor, produced by GIO and brilliantly written by Wascar Brazoban, but it's DOMENIC's soulful sense of interpretation that makes the song sultry and alive.
"VEN TU", is already making an impact as it rises to a higher rotation on several national Latin radio stations including LaMega and Miami's El Zol where the single has already charted into the Top Ten hits of their charts.The Music Video for "VEN TU" made its international premiere on Telemundo's Spanish speaking television show "Ritmo Y Sabor" on Saturday, August 14th and currently holds the # 1 position on its music video countdown.
D'Marte as friends call him, has certainly shared some memorable musical moments in his climb up to stardom. His talent has given him the opportunity to share the stage as a backup singer to such mega divas as THALIA and appearances in music videos with JENNIFER LOPEZ.
DOMENIC or D'MARTE, whichever you prefer, will prove to have the innovative strength and youthful energy to revitalize that special spark of the Latin lover as he sets out to conquer the world and capture the hearts of a new generation of Latin music lovers.
Domenic Marte "Deseos de Amarte"
Domenic Marte "Intimamente"
Domenic Marte "Bachata Hits 2008"
Monchy y Alexandra were a bachata musical group from the Dominican Republic. They sang together as a duo beginning in 1999. Their first big hit was "Hoja En Blanco", which they released in 1999. Since then, they had many other hits, such as "Hasta El Fin" and "Perdidos", both from their 2004 album "Hasta El Fin", as well as "No Es Una Novela" from their 2006 "Éxitos y Más" album. They have been often credited with being instrumental in popularizing bachata music outside of the Dominican Republic.
Monchy first performed in a group in the Dominican Republic, which earned him a place in the recording of the Bachatazos series of releases. Alexandra was attending a university in 1998, but her studies were put on hold when the opportunity arose to audition for arranger/producer Martires De Leon and executive producer Victor Reyes, who were looking for someone to pair with Monchy. Alexandra won and began the duo that would become Monchy & Alexandra.
Monchy y Alexandra released the album "Hoja en Blanco" in 2000. Promotion of the album was slowed by visa problems and unauthorized cover versions. Even so, slowly, requests for the song began to flood into Miami, leading tropical radio stations WXDJ and WRTO to launch Sunday-afternoon bachata programs and to incorporate the music style into their regular programming. Miami station WXDJ even added the word "bachata" to its slogan. They were the first bachata act to perform on the show Sabado Gigante in April 2001, after their single "Hoja en Blanco" began to finally climb the Billboard charts in the US.
According to Monchy, the duo waited two years before releasing their next album in order to "put out something superior to Hoja en Blanco". Label executives from J&N worked to improve the odds for commercial success for the sophomore album. Their marketing efforts included a $300,000 national TV advertising campaign for Puerto Rico and the U.S. (consisting of 30- and 60-second spots) and a $17,000 video filmed in Miami. This marketing campaign was the first such for a bachata group; prior to that, all marketing had been directed at compilation albums. The album was released on March 5, 2002. The album's lead single "Te Quiero Igual que Ayer" was written by the same composer, Wilfan Castillo, that penned "Hojo en Blanco." The song peaked at number 23 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks, and reached number four on Billboard's Tropical/Salsa Airplay chart.
In 2005, the duo performed with Salvadoran singer Álvaro Torres, He Venido A Pedirte Perdon, on an album contributing to Mexican singer, Juan Gabriel.
Monchy & Alexandra have been recognized by some of the most prestigious organizations of the Latino music business. They have been nominated for the Billboard Latin Music Awards, Premios Cassandra, Premios Lo Nuestro and a Latin Grammy. The duo has achieved a large amount of success in a relatively short amount of time.
In 2003, the duo received its first major awards, "Tropical Album of the Year, Duo or Group" (for Confesiones) and "Tropical Airplay Song of the Year, Duo or Group" (for "Te Quiero Igual Que Ayer") from the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The pair also won the Tropical Album of the Year award for Éxitos y Más (Hits and More) and the Tropical Song of the Year prize for "No Es Una Novela" (It's Not a Novela at the 2007 Premios Lo Nuestro ceremony
On September 15, 2008, Monchy announced that the group would be be breaking up. He attributed the decision to split solely to Alexandra saying "The decision was Alexandra's. I still don't know the reasons why, only that when I was informed about this, the reasons were not explained to me and that this occured while we were on a European tour, specifically, in Milan, Italy." He disputed rumors that the split was over money.
Monchy & Alexander "Exitos y Mas"
Monchy & Alexander "Hoja en Blanco"
Various Bachata Music
Various Artists "Bachata Simply the Best"
Various Artists "Bachata on the Beach"
Various Artists "Bachata Various Artists"
Juan Luis Guerra "Bachata Rosa"
Various Artists "Bachata de Amor"