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Rising Bachata Stars Talk Songwriting at BMI’s ‘How I Wrote That Song’

Posted in News on May 27, 2011
BMI held “How I Wrote That Song,” a panel discussion on songwriting, May 25 at the 809 Lounge in New York City. Pictured at the event are Loisaidas’ Aquiles Nunez; 24 Horas’ Mickey and Joell; J’Martin; and 24 Horas’ Jiory.
BMI held “How I Wrote That Song,” a panel discussion on songwriting, May 25 at the 809 Lounge in New York City. Pictured at the event are Loisaidas’ Aquiles Nunez; 24 Horas’ Mickey and Joell; J’Martin; and 24 Horas’ Jiory. Photo: Brian Collins

Bachata music was the topic of choice at BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song,” staged May 25 in New York City at the 809 Lounge. The event, moderated by BMI Vice President, Latin Music Delia Orjuela, and BMI Senior Director, Latin Writer/Publisher Relations Porfirio Piña, focused on the process of songwriting and the stories behind a slew of chart-topping bachata songs.

Attendees were treated to anecdotes and advice from a coterie of top-tier singer/songwriters including J’Martin, who touched on blending melodies to create his smash “Intentalo,” and 24 Horas, who reminisced about topping the Billboard Latin Tropical chart with “No Puedo Creer.”  Bachata’s newest star, Yunel Cruz, explained the inspiration behind “Dominicanita,” and Loisaidas reflected on how a unique blend of jazz, hip-hop and bachata spawned their single “No Me Dejas.” Special guests Zol y Luna wowed the audience with a performance that showcased their ability to infuse bachata with hints of pop and r&b sounds.