A brief history of…Moombahton!

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Welcome corner-ites! It’s time for another delicious post by the man himself…DJ BRUAEL!

Today I’d like to introduce a new segment to TheBeatCorner where I briefly go over the history of a genre of music. This segment will be focusing on some of the more obscure and less known genres. Many people know the history of Hip-Hop for example, but not many people know the history, or even the existence of Trap music.

and i do mean a brief history…otherwise I’ll have to write small novels every week for you guys and girls haha.

 

Today we will be looking at the relatively new genre of Moombaton. That siren-blasting, booty-shaking, swat-soaked bass music pumping many a dance floor across the world now.

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What is it? Who makes it? and Where did it come from? Well i can answer all of your questions below…

 

Moombahton is actually a combination of electro house music and reggaeton/bachata music. The origins of Moombahton can be traced to a DJ named Dave Nada in Washington DC. It all happened one night in late 2009 in DC when Dave was playing his usual blend of electro and house music. Curious about the reggaeton and bachata music that was playing before his set, he started to slow down some of his electro music from 125-130 beats per minute (BPM) to reggaeton speeds of 108-112 BPM. The first track he did this to was Afrojack’s remix of remix of Silvio Ecomo and Chuckie’s song “Moombah”, and this was the track that ultimately named the genre.

Here is the Afrojacks’ remix of “Moombah” right here.

The key elements of electro music, the wailing synth sweeps and distorted vocals, were combined with Reggaeton’s swagger and carribean percussions to create something truly unique. Equally rhythmic and bass-ey, it caught on quickly in the baltimore scene and soon to the US and the rest of the world.

Another key element of the Moombahton sound is the signature “dem bow” beat, borrowed from Reggaeton music. It’s the signature marching rhythm that distinguishes latin hip-hop, which uses traditional hip-hop rhythm and reggaeton which makes extensive use of the den bow beat.

You’ve all heard the dembow beat, it sounds like this…

Sonically, the combination of this musical stew, played mostly at the Caribbean swag of 108-112 BPM, sounds something like this…

Many artists soon started to incorporate Moombahton remixes and sounds into their sets. Some of the more notable artists in the Moombahton field today are Diplo, Dave Nada, Munchi, The Mane Thing (Aussie shout out!), Boyfriend, Bert on Beats, Major Lazer, Buraka Som Sistema and many, many more.

A wave of early Moombahton artists emerged from the Netherlands, many of whom were ethnically Brazilian and Portuguese-African. This has lead to a wealth of great moombahton tracks today sung in Portuguese, and ever growing.

Just like with other genres, there has been progression and development within the genre to create sub-genres of Moombahton.

There is “Moombahcore”, which incorporates elements of Dubstep…

and Moombahsoul, which minimises the synth sweeps and bass wobbles and focuses on smooth rhythms…

and of course, there are artists that emphasise the dancehall and Caribbean blends of moombahton, like Major Lazer…

 

Today, Moombahton has grown from a niche-genre to a full blown moment in the club scene. Some DJ’s play Moombahton exclusively, while some use it too add some flavour to their sets. To it its extremely flexible nature, it’s a great genre to bridge the gap between urban music and club music, which can be a challenge at times.

I hope you’ve found this edition of A brief history of…Moombahton interesting and worth a read. If you are interested in diving deeper into Moombahton, feel free to message me or check out the tracks available on YouTube, sound cloud, iTunes and Beatport.

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Im outta the corner for now!

– DJ BRUAEL

 

 

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