“From Música Negra to Reggaeton Latino”: Musical Examples

This page will host audio & video clips to accompany my article in Reggaeton (Duke University Press, 2009), “From Música Negra to Reggaeton Latino: The Cultural Politics of Nation, Migration, and Commercialization,” p. 19-76.

Please consult the chapter in question for contextual information on the meanings of the schematic representations below. (As noted in the book’s acknowledgments, I am indebted to Rebecca Nesson and Jesse Kriss for their help with these images.)

Figure 1: A skeletal sketch of reggaeton’s boom-ch-boom-chick

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Figure 2: Dancehall reggae’s minimal “bomp bomp”

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Figure 3: A (very) skeletal sketch of roots reggae’s “one-drop”

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Figure 4: Vico C’s version of a standard hip-hop beat*

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Figure 6: The basic elements of Puerto Rico’s localized Dem Bow

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* The Vico C loop comes from the following clip from the documentary Chosen Few. I claim fair use for these 14 seconds –

For more of my writings on reggaeton, see here and here, and for the items I’ve tagged as reggaeton-related around the internet, see here. For a 40 minute mix of dembow-related tracks, go here; and here for an 11 minute mix of “Dem Bow” cover versions.

Wayne&Wax

I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

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