Born in the countryside near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel-string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. He is the star of Adam Taub's The Duke of Bachata; was featured in Alex Wolfe's critically acclaimed documentary, Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide to Bachata compilation. Bachata is essential to Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A practitioner of palo and gaga, Soriano blends Afro-Dominican sacred traditions with bachata, imparting his music with down-to-earth spirit and dance-ability, while preserving bachata's roots and expanding on them.
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