By Lindsey Diamond
The name of my music genre is Reggaeton, which can be translated into "Big Reggae". Reggaeton is a genre of music that has its roots in Latin and Carribean music. Reggaeton was based off the Reggae en Español from Panama. In Puerto Rico, Spanish Reggae turned into Reggaeton. Reggaeton started off in Latin America, but spread to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Reggaeton derived from Afro-Panamanians performing Spanish-language reggae since the 1970s. The first Spanish reggae DJs from Panama was El General, Chicho Man, Nando Boom, Renato, and Black Apache. Reggaeton was originated by Jamaican population migrating to work on the Panama Canal. Jamaican music and Latin dance styles came together then. Reggaeton really took off in 2004 with Daddy Yankee's Barrio Fino. Reggaeton music has a specific rhythm that is referred to as "Dem Bow". The Dem Bow consists of drums, palito, timbal, and cymbal. Reggaeton lyrics resembles hip hop lyrics. Reggaeton is definitely a party type of music, so it is played at party events. There is no specific costume for Reggaeton since it is just party music. Some famous artists associated with reggaeton is Daddy Yankee, Plan B, Nicky Jam, and so many more. The dances associated with Reggaeton is grinding and twerking. There isn't really any good characteristics in that type of dancing, because it is inappropriate and mainly happens at parties. Reggaeton is associated with Latin America today, but many other countries are familiar and enjoy that type of music. The projected future of this music is probably going to get more and more popular with my generation.