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I have Marlon Bishop to thank for putting me back on the trail again, which is ironic since he contacted dominicanp while researching an article he was writing on reggae in Panama for none other than Wax Poetics.
The Larry Levans of yesteryear are replaced by the Diplos of today.
And I am heartened to see so much critical conversation happening around the genre in the wake of new prominence and an expanding public.
You know, the sort of thing that goes like this:.
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For lots mx listeners and producers, any of the snares from these well-worn riddims, or any snare with similar properties, could suffice to say Dembow. Indeed, as a gringo gawker, but a devotee and champion of all this music, it was largely these online debates that served as a key set of texts for the meta-narrative I was trying to tease out, my story of the stories people tell about reggaeton.
A two-bar loop with unmistakably familiar kicks and snares, it underpins the vast majority of reggaeton tracks as an almost required sonic signpost. First things first, go over to Wax Poetics to read the article in its full multimedia glory: To get to the bottom, I had to go beyond reading Spanish wiki entries and their discussion pages, and even beyond Panamanian reggae discussion forum rabbit holes and email follow-ups with their authors.
The word bamboula here, notably, sits at the crux of the dembow rhythm. This time around the lead instruments on each song are acoustic and meant to be played live. Home as port of departure. Indeed, the latest example I stumbled across is classic in its overt and simultaneously reverent and irreverent reanimation of a hit reggae song.
And though I felt I had done my best by the time of publication, it still nagged at me. You know, the sort of thing that goes like this: But a truly inclusive understanding of Latinidad and its diverse, complex communities should represent all facets of it — especially the Afro-diasporic communities who created it.
Cruzando bordes sin pensarlo.
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Notify me of new posts by email. Whimsical turns make forms that delight and surprise, while a pop sensibility smooths experimental edges but not too much.
Submit a dominicaano link. Noz on the history of hip-hop mixtapesRishi Bonneville on Caribbean pirate radio in New YorkJeff Weiss on the cultural history of the airhornor this rich recent interview with Kode9. I left my I represent like that. At the time, though, close listening was leading me in the dominlcano direction, as indicated in footnote 55 p.
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This is your guide Access ddominicano channel, playlists, subscriptions, and more. Some have suggested that Gottschalk was not trying to evoke the sound of Congo Square literally in the piece.
Es el ritmo de moda.
Elijah is a real polymath and a serious scholar, and when he sets out to write about something — whether the blues or narcocorridos — he sure digs deep. Going and coming, coming and going. Of course, those questions are extra-local and academic to say the least.
The band does not dabble in such traditions as guaracha, salsa, or reggaeton, however, nor do they nod in those directions without love and respect. Notably, and usefully, Gottschalk often builds these variations in a manner that mirrors the additive and subtractive layering in a reggaeton track.