Sexual Double Entendre
Bachata Music, Doble Sentido
The upswing lilt of the sexual
double entendre of Bachata music lifts your spirit with its playful
cadence. The real impact comes, though, with the double
meanings that lie behind the words. These double meaning have slipped
into many different songs (quite a few are considered classics),
children's songs - and that other meaning is sexual in nature.
The sexual double entendre has been the silent partner of Latin music
for as long as artists have been playing it. Musicians of all genres
have used the
sexual double entendre in their songs. Regardless of social class,
artists including Trio Matamoros, Tatico Henriquez and Johnny Ventura
used it in
songs that are now considered classics.
The Dominican people, particularly the Dominican middle class, have had
a love hate relationship with bachata, but this negative perception,
with the mixed reception of the sexual double entendre has made the
music soar in popularity. It was this music that came to define the
bachata began to mature and come into its own.
The doble sentido fad propelled by bachata music, moved a public and
enticed artists with its playful double speak. The play on words, as
became more creative - and bolder - saw innocuous words being
substituted with words that offered a more risqué meaning. The trend
peaked in 1987 as
other musical fads moved in to replace it.
In an interesting twist, the bachatero who was loathed by the mainstream
and forced underground, boasted Blas Duran as bachata's first superstar
a champion of doble sentido. Duran was an established artist of cabaret
bachata as well as merengue. He had nearly two decades of recording
his belt when he embarked on the tumultuous journey of the doble sentido
bachata. He then took bachata a step farther and introduced a new style
incorporated the use of the electric guitar in 1986. 1987 saw Duran
birth modern bachata with his release of "Consejo a las mujeres."
"Consejo a las mujeres" was a turning point in the life of the modern
bachata. It was the first big bachata hit and the Dominican society took
notice. It is
believed that the use of the electric guitar is what catapulted its
popularity. This opened the door for other performers, such as Ramon
Romero Santos and Marino Perez to move in a new direction and approach
the doble sentido.
Typical Dominican culture is rich with sexual references, regardless of
social class. This is true in conversation as well as in music. Even
such as Johnny Ventura and Juan Luis Guerra have used the doble sentido
in their music. Bachata, however, took this culture to a new level and
placed it in plain view of the public with an "in your face" arrogance.
This caused a social alienation of the genre from the media as well as
Dominican middle class.