A style of bolero music originating in the Dominican Republic.
A Latin American dance for two people, performed to this music and involving a four-step pattern punctuated with a shake of the hips.
Origin of bachata
- American Spanish boisterous merrymaking, bachata shortening and alteration of cumbanchata augmentative of cumbancha boisterous merrymaking from augmentative or deprecative form of cumbé an Afro-Caribbean dance perhaps from Kongo kúmba to make noise
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition