Reggaeton is one of the most exciting and innovative musical genres to emerge from the Caribbean in recent history. This style has grown to be the most popular music in Spanish speaking parts of the Caribbean and is also listened to in countries like Puerto Rico, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Reggaeton first emerged in the clubs of San Juan in Puerto Rico during the 1990s. It initially evolved from dancehall and was heavily influenced by hip hop as well as Latin American and Caribbean music. At first it was regarded as underground music which was known only to people in DJ communities.
In the early days it spread through cassette tapes which were sold in markets and streets corners. Over time it moved out of the underground and became more mainstream. Today Reggaeton is internationally popular and listened to all over the globe and artists like Daddy Yankee have become international superstars.
This funky style of music is characterised by the signature Dembow Riddim which was originally created by Jamaican dancehall producers. Almost all Reggaeton tracks feature this rhythm. Another characteristic are the vocals which include rapping and singing in Spanish and often feature explicit themes as well as those associated with Latino ethnic identify.
Right now, this style of music is growing more and more popular by the day. The biggest success in this genre is the track, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee. This track managed to reach over a billion views on YouTube in only three months, which is a strong indication of Reggaetons popularity.
Now with artist like “Bad bunny”, “Jhay Cortez” and “J Balvin” who knows where it will reach, this style of music is growing more and more popular by the day.