Aventura is the most popular Bachata group period, let’s be clear… These are the kings.
The group consists of Anthony (Romeo) Santos, Henry Santos, and Max (Mikey) Santos and Lenny Santos. Although they all share the same last name, the group is actually formed of 2 cousins, and two brothers, Romeo (the lead singer) and Henry (who is said to be the choreographer but also sings at times) are cousins, and Mikey (Bass player) and Lenny (lead Guitar) are brothers. They are one or maybe only one that sings songs with traditional Dominican slang words.
The band started in the Bronx, NY in 1994 as “Los Teenagers” along with now solo act Toby Love, they later changed the name to what we knew them as now. Their fame started in 1999 as they performed in the Boston, Massachusetts area. In an interview, Romeo said that only after Boston started showing them love were they able to come back to the New York area and become successful.
From the start, Anthony (Romeo) Santos was a fan of the music
and his idol was none other than the great bachata singer with whom he shares the same first and last name Antony Santos. In an interviews Romeo said that as a teen he would follow Anthony around whenever he was performing in the New York area, sometimes having to sneak into clubs to see him since he was not of age.
One day, Romeo followed Antony Santos to a hotel where he was staying in and said to his idol “We have the same name,” and after showing Antony his license they struck a father/son type of relationship. After Aventuras success as a group, they have shared the stage with just about everyone on the who’s who list of Dominican and international acts, including the Father figure that inspired lead singer Romeo to start doing music Antony Santos.
Aventura as a group has broken many records for a Bachata
Not only with their discs but also selling out concert most notably Madison Square Garden. Aventura calls themselves the K.O.B., short for Kings Of Bachata. Some groups who have been around longer in the Bachata arena took offense to this. However, Romeo has stated that this is not to disrespect the founders of the music, they are simply the kings of the new style Bachata, a style which they are proud to have been in the forefront of developing.
“Usual Bachata music was a guy in a guitar crying over a woman; we wanted to do it different… If a girl doesn’t like me, then forget her, I’ll go to the next girl, and this is the type of music we wanted to make” – said Romeo in one of his interviews.
Romeo Santos has since started his solo career, as so has Henry, Max and Lenny got together to form the new group “D’Element“, later adding Xtremes Steve Styles to the ensemble and calling it VENA: D’Element Project. While they say the group Aventura itself is still intact, the future success or failure or their solo careers will probably determine if the group will release any future music. Aventura is scheduled to resume as a group in 2013.