So my boss told me that Angel y Khriz are coming to play a show in Vancouver! Reggaeton originated from Puerto Rico and is a form of urban music that mixes influences from reggae, salsa, mergengue, dancehall, bachata, and all sorts of good stuff into once. I love it, it is great to dance to and even though the lyrics are overtly sexual and misogynistic, I find them to be so over the top that they end up being pretty funny most of the time (especially Calle 13 from my beloved Bogota, Colombia, since he specifically does it to be funny). My favourite artists are Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Calle 13, Rakim & Ken-Y, and Winsin y Yandel.
One of the reggaeton songs we are probably most familiar with in Canada is Gasolina. Since I almost always want to request reggaeton when I am at a bar I find myself having to request this just because it is the one song DJs almost always have. The really good stuff they don’t usually know here.
I remember one night in Bogota with my roommate Jen, listening to the song Noche de Sexo by Winsin y Yandel OVER AND OVER again while we were getting ready to go out to our favourite bar, Baja. This bar played the perfect mix of reggaeton and classic English songs. I can’t even explain it, but if you ever go to Bogota make sure to check that place out its en la Calle 85 No. 11 – 53 “Paseo El Faro” near the infamous Ozzy Pub. Anyhow, that night we were totally pumped on this song and we go to the bar, not only were we dancing with a guy dressed in a bunny suit (look him up on Facebook as Conejo Conejo) but they played noche de sexo! I remember we bought the baja coctail which is HUGE like the cup is the size of your head for 16,000 pesos (which is way more than we ever pay for drinks… like $8) so felt like we were splurging. It was a great night. Anyhow, here is the song:
And I will toss in some more videos for those of you who like the music and want some more…
Calle 13- Atrevete-te
Don Omar – Salio al Sol
Rakim Y Ken-Y – Down
Winsin y Yandel – Pam Pam