Reggae music has been making strides in the world from its inception and this has lead to Spanish reggae becoming more popular around the world. In this short article on Spanish reggae music we will look at popular Spanish reggae artists and bands I like, Spanish reggae shows, how it developed and its peculiarities. Spanish reggae has its roots in Jamaican reggae music and immerged in the s and has been growing ever since. Interestingly enough, Spanish reggae music is more popular in the Americas among the Spanish speaking popular than it is in Spain. But Spain is contributing to Spanish reggae as well by its annual reggae festivals. Jamaican workers brought reggae music with them to Panama when they went there to work on the canal and it spread to other countries from there. Reggae artist such as Christopher Matin, Romain Virgo and Jah Cure among others of course, are very popular in these countries. One of the biggest reggae festivals in the world is the Rototom Sunsplash Reggae festival held in Benicassim Spain.
El General: “Tu Pum Pum” (1991)
J Balvin, Ozuna and Karol G have all become global hit-makers with reggaeton and trap songs. One of the most important narratives in contemporary pop has been the emergence of Latin music as a potent commercial force in the United States. Between and , the number of Spanish-language entries on the Hot jumped from a mere four to So far this year, there have been at least 16 more charting singles. As songs in this space rack up stream counts in the billions and labels follow that money, some fear that other Spanish-language music genres will no longer be seen as profitable and may become niche products, abandoned by the mainstream. Fears of imminent musical monoculturalism are not confined strictly to Latin music. In the United States, pop, rock and country are all borrowing heavily from hip-hop, to the point where the beats in supposedly different genres can be nearly indistinguishable. Unsurprisingly, the extent to which Latin music is perceived as becoming increasingly homogenous depends on who you ask.
Nando Boom: “Ellos Benia” (1991)
By late July, it was the most streamed song of all time. Mostly centered in Puerto Rico and New York the reggaeton sound has, for the most part, been bubbling along off the radar of pop culture since the last time Daddy Yankee cracked the charts circa Though Panama has its own long tradition of Afro-diasporic dance music, the love for reggae is a relic of the massive labor force that migrated from Jamaica and other islands circa to construct the Panama Canal. Although he was not the first vocalist to rap over these beats, Tego Calderon was among the most lyrical and therefore most widely embraced in New York and beyond. To his credit N.
Long before the ultra-polished Bad Bunny and Drake collaborations, before Diplo crashed the baile funk party and made millions, these genres were defined by experimentation—by scrappy sampling techniques, by off-the-cuff freestyling, by the movement and displacement of Afro-diasporic sounds and their people. It is the soundtrack of struggle and joy. Across all its styles, these scenes have sparked important conversations on racism and classism, igniting targeted suppression campaigns in Puerto Rico, censorship bans from governments in Colombia and the Dominican Republic, and beyond. Women have criticized urbano, denouncing their objectification in lyrics and videos. But not unlike other genres where misogyny has reared its head, women artists like Ivy Queen have challenged those narratives for decades—and are still fighting for change today. While these include chart-toppers and social milestones, our writers also wanted to document an alternate history of these movements—one that shines some light on its black, queer, feminist, and political origins and futures, in the hopes of highlighting some of the voices who are often pushed out of the mainstream. Our selection of songs is by no means definitive, but rather a curated introduction to a complex and ever-changing movement. Listen to selections from this list on our Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. This was just a year after Vico C started making moves in Brooklyn. Underground would then coalesce into reggaeton in New York and Puerto Rico.