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You might call this 1990 landmark the Thriller of bachata, since only three of its 10 tracks were not major hit singles. But whilst the record helped bring the Dominican street music to the mainstream, the four bachata tracks here are only part of the picture. Guerra also crafts sweet ballads and infectious salsa, with a touch of African juju on "A Pedir Su Mano". His lyrics are often romantic, but on the finale, "Acompaneme Civil", he calls for social awareness to a joyful merengue beat.


Born: 07 June 1957 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Genre: Salsa and Tropical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In his native Dominican Republic, merengue superstar Juan Luis Guerra is considered a poet and musician of the people. He and his band 440 are beloved throughout the Latino world. He is influential among the wave of artists responsible for revitalizing tropical music that languished during the late '80s due to radio oversaturation and lack of innovation. Guerra is the son of a professional baseball player and grew up next to the National Music Gallery. As a teen, he was influenced by the Beatles...
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