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Aventura is a Dominican-American boy band from the Bronx. Their last album, God�s Project, was released in 2005 and it included �Por Tu Orgullo,� �Ciego de Amor,� and �Our Song,� among many others. They also re-released their 2003 album; Love & Hate in 2005, with bonus tracks, recorded live at the United Palace Theatre in New York�s Washington Heights. It popularized songs like �Leorar,� �Conciencia,� and �Hermanita� all over again.

Aventura is made up of Anthony Santos, Lenny Santos, Max Santos, and Henry Santos Jeter. Their aim when they formed Aventura was to fuse traditional Dominican bachata music with more popular styles like RnB and hip-hop. They wanted to create a different sound. They got their big break in 1999, when BMG records signed them on and they released their first album, Generation next, with an outside producer. However, amidst all the Latin, pop and RnB music doing the rounds at the time, Aventura�s album sank without a trace. They achieved fame with songs like �Obsession� from their album We Broke the Rules.

God�s Project is a reaffirmation of their popularity and how Latin youth found their way to cross over to hip-hop. It is regarded as their most mature and most diverse album. The bachata element in �Ciego de Amor� still remains strong. It features a cameo by leading Dominican bachata singer Antony Santos (not the same as the Aventura band member). With �Ella y Yo,� they also explore the reggaeton territory with Don Omar. With this album, they explore a variety of international music, especially Asian sounds.

Love & Hate, released in 2003, had elements of merengue, hip-hop, pop and RnB in addition to their traditional bachata sound. They sang in Spanish, English, and Spanglish. The magic of this album was revived at their concert in New York in 2005, along with other bonus tracks. The tortured �Hermanita,� which is about domestic violence, or the more confident �D�j� vu� are unusual songs. There is also some convincing rapping on �Don�t Waste My Time.� Love & Hate, (live at United Palace Theatre), released in January 2005, features a sold-out performance together with backstage interviews and plenty of behind-the-scenes footage.

Aventura made a pioneering effort in creating a new genre of music. As a boy band, they fought hard not to get bracketed into the usual Backstreet Boys or *N�Sync pop category. They continue to experiment with various styles of music from hip-hop to reggaeton, but at the end of it, they ensure that the bachata element remains dominant. Making music as interesting as they do, Aventura�s next album is eagerly awaited by fans.

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Aventura is a bachata music group from The Bronx, New York, United States. Aventura was formed in 1994 by Anthony Santos, Henry Santos, Lenny Santos, and Max Santos, three of whom are natives of The Bronx and one born in the Dominican Republic. Self-taught and determined, Aventura made their big break in 1999, with the hopes of breaking bachata music out from its traditional base and fusint it with modern popular sounds like hip hop and R&B. Aventura was the second Latin musical performer to completely sell out Madison Square Garden music arena in New York City in 2010.

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Aventura was a bachata music group from, New York, United States. Aventura was formed in 1996 by Anthony Santos, Henry Santos, Lenny Santos, and Max Santos, three of whom are natives of The Bronx and one born in the Dominican Republic. Self-taught and determined, Aventura made their big break in 1999, with the hopes of breaking bachata music out from its traditional base and fuse it with modern popular sounds like hip hop and R&B. After their seperation in 2011, Romeo Santos embarked on his solo career while Lenny Santos and Max Santos joined Steve Styles from the Bachata group Xtreme to form Vena.

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