Mid 2000’s had the reggaeton on top of the charts, and from America to Asia all the people were hitting the dance floor with this urban Latin rhythm, but the hidden side is plena; a riddim from panama previous to the ultra famous reggaeton
here’s anPlena from danger man & comando tiburon
In the 1980s, Panamanians like , and Chico Man began taking dancehall songs and beats and singing over them with Spanish lyrics. They also sped up riddims, and added Hispanic and Latino elements to them. This style was called Reggaeespanol, Reggae en Espanol, or La plena. & For a huge latino phase it was el meneito.
The music continued to grow throughout the 1980s, with many stars developing in Panama. El General has been widely regarded as the “Padre Del Reggae en Español” or “Father of Spanish Reggae”, due to his unique sound with Latino rhythms.
here’s a live version of RICA Y APRETADITA (hot n’ tight)
Reggae en Español is the direct predecessor of reggaeton, however the paternal relationship between the two genres has been the cause of some confusion. The most notable difference between Spanish reggae/dancehall and reggaeton is that reggaeton is a percussion-based music genre.
Reggaeton is based on a percussion/drum pattern known as Dembow. Reggae en Español, on the other hand, comes to resemble Jamaican reggae and dancehall in most aspects. Musicians who play reggae en Español have long abandoned the use of Dembow (Poco man jam riddim), and have adopted newly imported or newly created Jamaican-inspired riddims.
Almost 20 years later the talented pedro infame made a DOPE remix of that song…
you can find the latinchrist superstar from pedro infame right here in a previous post in GB!
And if you clicked because of the pic..it was taken by the hot colombian photographer mechiroja