reggaeton, origins of popular musics, and a hit single...
If one was to digitize the rhythm of Puerto Rican plena, one would have a cliché reggaeton beat.
Then again, every once and a while I will hear a bomba or cumbia lick and see the roots of a reggaeton beat.
From an anthropological perspective, I would have to say that reggaeton is a music developed in Puerto Rico but derived from Panama. It's original shape must have been heavily influenced by cumbia and Jamaican dance-hall. Once it arrived to Puerto Rico, the rap influence accelerated and the beat became much more clearly defined.
My personal theory, by the way.Posted by luis at April 28, 2004 03:51 PM
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