May 6th, 2009

¡Que Libro! ¡Que Bajo!

Hopping the Fung Wah this pm in order to make it down to NYC/FMU in time to join Sñr /Rupture, Sñr Fofana, y mi querida compi, Raquel Rivera, on MuddUp Radio to talk (and play) reggaeton. As Jace sez —

From Panamanians to Playeros to post-DemBoleros, [we]’ll be spinning rarities alongside discussion of the genre’s complex roots and current possibilities.

We’ll be continuing that conversation tomorrow (Thurs, May 7) at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at 6:30 pm in the Faculty Dining Room on the 8th Floor of the West Bldg., Hunter College (68th & Lex). Joining me and Raquel will be two of the stellar contributors to the book, Alexandra Vasquez and Frances Negron Muntaner, as well as the eminent Juan Flores, who wrote the preface and will deliver the main remarks. I’ll offer a muymuy brief tour of reggaeton’s socio-sonic circuitry, and then we’ll mingle to the reggaetony sounds of DJ Mellow G. Should be a blast.

Even blastier, estoy THRILLED that Geko Jones, Uproot Andy, and the extended Dutty Artz fam will be hosting an afterparty at their Latin low-end weekly, Que Bajo! (I’m still holding out, but here’s an FB event page for those of you who’ve joined the ZuckerBorg.)

I’ll be dropping a heavy reggaeton set from about 12-1 and perhaps some additonal sabor on the later side (i.e., early morn) if the vibes are right. You NewYorkers party hard & late! Color me (provincially) impressed, and excited to drop some BASOOKKA bajos on y’all —

Finally, gran thx to alexis for the kind review! To think that our anthology “puts the ‘tra’ in transnational” — well, that just says it better than I ever could.

Looking forward to talking reggaeton, Nueva York. Hasta pronto —


  • 1. Caro  |  May 9th, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Yo, still recovering from the party (and writing and giving an exam shortly thereafter). I think that ranked as one of the best book parties ever, period. And so nice to see you.

    Congrats on the great book, am enjoying it immensely.

  • 2. E  |  May 10th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I’m listening to /rupture’s show right now, so maybe the answer is gonna show up laters, but I’m curious about the Nando Boom track. I don’t remember y’all mentioning what song it was recalling so I wanted to confirm whether it’s related to Tabby Cat Kelly’s “Don’t Call Us Immigrants.” Yes? Or were you referring to another song?

  • 3. JamaicanRudeBoi  |  May 23rd, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Yo, 2 all these people that talk about reggae roots and reggaeton and all this, I only have 1 thing to say: STOP SAYING THAT THE ROOTS OR REGGAE LIE IN PANAMA!! THE ROOTS OF REGGAE LIE IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA!!!!! Everyone knows this but everytime I go on a reggaeton forum they talking about Panama this and Panama that, or Puerto Rico this and that…that’s all true that yea Panama & Puerto Rico record ” REGGAE ” in spanish but give credit where credit it due, which is to Jamaica first, because all the style, beats, and the whole reggae movement started in JAMAICA NOT PANAMA OR PUERTO RICO…so stop pretending like it’s a ” LATIN ” thing…that’s bull. It’s a caribbean thing first of all NOT a latin thing. Dembow comes from JAMAICA and the only reason reggae started in Panama is because of the Panamanians of jamaican decent and that’ because JAMAICANS migrated to Panama for work and to work on the panama canal and introduced reggae to central america. There’s also jamaicans in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize…all over central america. I am half jamaican half trinidadian and I’ve been listening to reggae all my life and I know all of the beats that are being spliced by panamanian and puerto rican dj’s and then they don’t give credit to DANCEHALL REGGAE at all but yet they get rich off of something WE created. Deh whole a dem a bumboclaat pirate an’ a tief’ we bloodclaat music. A we yardi bwoy deh pon deh reggae ting first an’ deh whole a we a mek de riddim an’ we criss style dem tief’ from we an gwan like dem a deh baddes’ ting eena deh video when dem know seh if yard man nuh go a panama an’ show dem bwoy deh we music dem would a neva mek it!! seen? So show sum respect yo and stop spreading this lie that reggae started in panama to all these latinos who don’t know the history and makin them think that latinos created reggae music and dancehall reggae hahahahahah that’s a JOKE!! JAMAICA DEH FIRST. WE A GWAAN WICKED 2 RASS WIT DEH DANCEHALL…DEH WHOLE A YUH A FAKE WANNABE JAMAICAN 4 REAL…YUH CYAAN’ DO IT LIKE WE, SO YUH MEK REGGAETON FUH COPY WE HAHAHAHA. It’s all good!! Respect 2 all da latinos and panamanians/puertoricans/dominicans/cubans dat know they history and big up jamaica. Keep it goin, but all them fake @ss wanna be reggae artist that steal our beats and then say it’s ” LATIN ” music.. fu*k off!!

  • 4. JamaicanRudeBoi  |  May 23rd, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Shabba Ranks & Bobby Digital ( A JAMAICAN DANCEHALL REGGAE ARTIST & A JAMAICAN PRODUCER) STARTED THIS SO CALLED “DEM BOW” hahahhaa…it’s not even called ” dem bow ” It was the POUNDER,& POCO MAN JAM riddims that started it all!!! Dem bow by Shabba Ranks was the first song to use that beat, then EL GENERAL (NUFF RESPECT 2 EL GENERAL) that made the ” SON BOW ” AFTER… Shabba made the ORIGINAL. So next time you mention ” DEM BOW ” make sure you mention Shabba Ranks!! haahaha…and also the beat from” MURDER SHE WROTE ” & ” BAM BAM ” is actually called da ” FEVER PITCH ” riddim which is another riddim yall like to steal and splice adn then call it ” REGGAETON ” after you use this beat and record a ” REGGAE ” song in spanish. LOL!! Keep it real and stop fakin’ it and stealin. Throw it back 2 it’s original roots back in the slums of KINGSTON, JAMAICA & let da world know where yall get yo style and music from. I know us jamaicans R tha shyt!! LOL!! ” so remember dat when you ” BORROW AND COPY ” our riddims & style. BIG UPZ 2 ALL DA REAL PANAMANIANS N PUERTORICANS WHO SHOW SUM LOVE TO J.A. THE ROOTS OF ALL REGGAE & REGGAE EN ESPANOL. NO SUCH THING AS REGGAETON…YOU CAN ADD A ” TON ” ON IT ALL YOU WANT BUT IT’S STILL REGGAE

  • 5. wayneandwax  |  May 24th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Um, RudeDude, you very clearly have not read our book. But thx for the rant — maybe I’ll quote from this in a future article about the ways people stake claims to reggaeton. In light of your own assertions, you might find this post/argument interesting:

  • 6. » C&hellip  |  February 17th, 2012 at 9:40 am

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