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Reggaeton
     

Reggaeton

by Raquel Z. Rivera, Wayne Marshall, Deborah Pacini Hernandez
 

ISBN-10: 0822343835

ISBN-13: 9780822343837

Pub. Date: 04/24/2009

Publisher: Duke University Press Books


A hybrid of reggae and rap, reggaeton is a music with Spanish-language lyrics and Caribbean aesthetics that has taken Latin America, the United States, and the world by storm. Superstars—including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Ivy Queen—garner international attention, while aspiring performers use digital technologies to create and circulate their own

Overview


A hybrid of reggae and rap, reggaeton is a music with Spanish-language lyrics and Caribbean aesthetics that has taken Latin America, the United States, and the world by storm. Superstars—including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Ivy Queen—garner international attention, while aspiring performers use digital technologies to create and circulate their own tracks. Reggaeton brings together critical assessments of this wildly popular genre. Journalists, scholars, and artists delve into reggaeton’s local roots and its transnational dissemination; they parse the genre’s aesthetics, particularly in relation to those of hip-hop; and they explore the debates about race, nation, gender, and sexuality generated by the music and its associated cultural practices, from dance to fashion.

The collection opens with an in-depth exploration of the social and sonic currents that coalesced into reggaeton in Puerto Rico during the 1990s. Contributors consider reggaeton in relation to that island, Panama, Jamaica, and New York; Cuban society, Miami’s hip-hop scene, and Dominican identity; and other genres including reggae en español, underground, and dancehall reggae. The reggaeton artist Tego Calderón provides a powerful indictment of racism in Latin America, while the hip-hop artist Welmo Romero Joseph discusses the development of reggaeton in Puerto Rico and his refusal to embrace the upstart genre. The collection features interviews with the DJ/rapper El General and the reggae performer Renato, as well as a translation of “Chamaco’s Corner,” the poem that served as the introduction to Daddy Yankee’s debut album. Among the volume’s striking images are photographs from Miguel Luciano’s series Pure Plantainum, a meditation on identity politics in the bling-bling era, and photos taken by the reggaeton videographer Kacho López during the making of the documentary Bling’d: Blood, Diamonds, and Hip-Hop.

Contributors. Geoff Baker, Tego Calderón, Carolina Caycedo, Jose Davila, Jan Fairley, Juan Flores, Gallego (José Raúl González), Félix Jiménez, Kacho López, Miguel Luciano, Wayne Marshall, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Alfredo Nieves Moreno, Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo, Deborah Pacini Hernandez, Raquel Z. Rivera, Welmo Romero Joseph, Christoph Twickel, Alexandra T. Vazquez

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822343837
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/24/2009
Series:
Refiguring American Music
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Foreword: What's all the noise about? / Juan Flores ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Reggaeton's Socio-Sonic Circuitry / Wayne Marshall, Raquel Z. Rivera, and Deborah Pacini Hernandez 1

Part I. Mapping Reggaeton

From Música Negra to Reggaeton Latino: The Cultural Politics of Nation, Migration, and Commercialization / Wayne Marshall 19

Part II. The Panamanian Connection

Placing Panama in the Reggaeton Narrative: Editor's Notes / Wayne Marshall 77

Reggae in Panama: Bien Tough / Christoph Twickel 81

The Panamanian Origins of Reggae in Español: Seeing History through "Los Ojos Café" of Renato / Interview by Ifeoma C. K. Nwankwo 89

Muévelo (Move It!): From Panama to New York and Back Again, the Story of El General / Interview by Christoph Twickel 99

Part III. (Trans)Local Studies and Ethnographies

Policing Morality, Mano Dura Stylee: The Case of Underground Rap and Reggae in Puerto Rico in the Mid-1990s / Raquel Z. Rivera 111

Dominicans in the Mix: Reflections on Dominican Identity, Race, and Reggaeton / Deborah Pacini Hernandezq 135

The Politics of Dancing: Reggaetón and Rap in Havana / Geoff Baker 165

You Got Your Reggaetón in my Hip-Hop: Crunkiao and "Spanish Music" in the Miami Urban Scene / Jose Davila 200

Part IV. Visualizing Reggaeton

Visualizing Reggaeton: Editors' Notes / Wayne Marshall and Raquel Z. Rivera 215

Images by Miguel Luciano 218

Images by Carolina Caycedo 221

Images by Kacho López 222

Part V. Gendering Reggaeton

(W)rapped in Foil: Glory at Twelve Words a Minute / Félix Jiménez 229

A Man Lives Here: Reggaeton's Hypermasculine Resident / Alfredo Nieves Moreno 252

How to Make Love with Your Clothes On: Dancing Regeton, Gender, and Sexuality in Cuba / Jan Fairley 280

Part VI. Reggaeton's Poetics, Politics, and Aesthetics

Chamaco's Corner / Gallego (José Raúl González) 297

Salon Philosophers: Ivy Queen and Surprise Guests Take Reggaetón Aside / Alexandra T. Vazquez 300

From Hip-Hop to Reggaeton: Is There Only a Step? / Welmo Romero Joseph 312

Black Pride / Tego Calderón 324

Poetry of Filth: The (Post) Reggaetonic Lyrics of Calle 13 / Frances Negrón-Muntaner 327

Bibliography: Selected Sources for Reading Reggaeton 341

Index 345

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