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Monday, August 22, 2011

Unraveling Reggaeton

Latin America isn't all salsa, merengue and tango.  And it isn't just all hard core rock and roll either....there is an urban culture. In alot of my conversations with people, they would mention "reggaeton" and for the longest time I didn't quite know what they meant until quite recently. Early on I mistakenly thought that "reggae" and "reggaeton" were similar but experience has taught me otherwise. Reggaeton is Latin America's answer to latinos who have more of a taste for the hip hop urban culture.

In conversations with the locals here, when they asked me what kind of music I like, I didn't quite know how to answer because there is no word is spanish for "R & B". I would have to tell them that it is a form of music that exists in the United States among the African Americans and it is like hip hop but in song form. That is the only way I knew how to answer.

One day I decided to put some videos of some examples of "R & B" on the facebook wall of my new big sister Ceci. The videos I chose for my examples were classics....Usher, Destiny's Child, Alicia Keys, TLC. Just to give here the idea of what exactly R & B was. It was an instant hit! She immediately swallowed the genre of "R & B" wholeheartedly. Ceci loved all the videos I put on her wall but she especially took to this one...

Amorous Alpacas

Amorous Alpacas