Reggaetón - The History.
Reggae is an indigenous music genre related to the
Jamaican native Ska, sharing elements from Rhythm &
Blues and Caribbean primitive styles such as
Pocomania, Jonkanoo and Mento, among others. It is
part of the Rasta movement, which most pure music form
is called Nyahbingi. Roots is the escence of Reggae,
mostly comprising lyrics about freedom based on the
suffering of African native slaves brought to Jamaica.
Rocksteady emerged in the mid-60s emphasized by the
sound of the electric bass and drums. In the 1970s Bob
Marley became the first celebrity out of this movement
and by the end of that same decade the first Reggae
songs in Spanish language started coming out from
Central America, performed by Panamanian urban artists
singing on top of well-known music tracks. A local trend
that became a music export item soon after. At the same
time, the first artists influenced by  American Hip-Hop
emerged from the Puerto Rican underground. After
Salsa, Merengue (including Merenhouse) and Bachata,
Latin Rap turned into one of the most popular local
trends. Puerto Rican urban artists started to perform an
eclectic style as an alternative to the mellow/laid-back
Panamanian reggae, featuring a more aggressive
mid-tempo and male chauvinist lyrics. In the mid-90s
Latin Rap records by Puerto Rican artists featured for
the first time the new hybrid style. In 2004 Reggaetón
along with Mexican traditional-inflected Regional/Urban
became the most popular music styles in U.S. Hispanic
communities.
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