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For me this music is not a trend.

It is my heritage.

REGGAETON HISTORIAN + ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

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Urbano began when “chombos” like Nando Boom and El General of Panama decided to sing reggae in Spanish despite strong socio-political opposition. The tradition then rippled throughout the Caribbean. Despite the rebellious efforts of the pioneers of reggae en español and Afro-Boricua’s evolution to reggaetón in the early 2000s, blanqueamiento proved itself the most defining element of urbano’s success. But what did that mean for the aesthetics and symbolism that is iconic to the imagery of this popular and forever evolving sound? It remained prevalent but its “costume” was reassigned to what is described as a more popular collective of Latinx artists, the majority of them light skinned or white.

In the days following Floyd’s murder, few if any urbano artists voiced any concerns about Black lives, save for one poignant post by Daddy Yankee. That’s not to say that the litmus test for support of a community should be their contribution to one’s art—it should be basic humanity 101—but given urbano’s massive connection to Black and Afro-diasporic sounds, it should have come as a siren song from the very artists who have amassed wealth in a genre that was built on the backs of Black artists.

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The latest version of Ir Sais’ “Dream Girl” featuring Jamaican dancehall legend Sean Paul and Nigerian afrobeat king Davido illustrates the beauty of their respective nations. Ir Sais describes the collaboration as “afrobeats meets ritmo kizomba meets reggae meets reggaeton,” which he calls Iri Style. Since its original release in 2019, ‘Dream Girl’ has amassed billions of streams and demanded crossovers with artists who can expand on its ebullient flavor.

The video to the latest, global remix, directed by Ryan “QD” Navarro and premiering at Remezcla today, pays homage to many cultures—featuring traditional headdresses called kunukus in honor of Bonaire, yoruba clothing or abayas in honor of Nigeria and more.

 

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