Cuban Reggaeton Stars
Cuban Reggaeton is an urban form of music which started in Havana in the late 90´s which has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music. Its sound originates from the Reggae en Español from central America and countries like Colombia and Panama. The genre was invented, shaped and made known in Puerto Rico in the early 1990´s where it got its name. Popular songs have been:
La mordidita by Candyman y la Familia
Chupa chupa by El Médico (banned in Cuba)
Tu eres bella by Topaz Sound
La nica by Klan Destino
Pídeme (Topaz sound remix) by Cubanito
Vamos pa la disco by Control Cubano
Bayubybaye by Candyman y la Familia
Brujeria by El Médico
Caramelo by Candyman y la Familia
Come on by Michel & el Médico
Pídeme un deseo by Control Cubano
Carmencita by El Médico
Pa la tinta by Klan Destino
Será que no me quiere by Candyman y la Familia
Te amaré by Michel
Letra Goddess by Topaz Sound
Most of its current artists are also from Cuba and Puerto Rico. After its mainstream exposure in 2004 on the Cubaton, it has multiplied to North American, European, Asian and African audiences.
Cuban Reggaeton mixes Jamaican musical influences of dancehall, and Trinidadian soca with sounds from Latin America, such as salsa, bomba, electronic and Latin hip hop. Vocals include rapping and singing some songs are quite vulgar and were recently banned in Cuba because of the demeaning nature of lyrics towards women. Lyrics tend to be derived from hip hop and current news events and street slang. Like hip hop, Cuban reggaeton has caused some controversy, albeit less, due to alleged sexual exploitation of women.
“Cuban reggaeton has caused some controversy”
While it takes influences from hip hop and Jamaican dancehall, reggaeton is not exactly the Hispanic or Latin American version of either whereas Latin hip hop is more like hip hop recorded by artists of Latino descent.
Cuban Reggaeton is very popular among the 14 to 20 year younger Cubans and is played extensively at 15th (Los quinces) birthday parties and disco events in Havana and around Cuba.
Cuban Reggaeton was recently banned from public radio due to the lyrics of certain songs and the sexual undertones such as the aforementioned Cuban Reggaeton song chupa chupa which is about oral sex