<ul><li>Reggaeton is as form of Urban Music that blends West Indian music influences of reggae and dancehall with those of Latin America, such as salsa, merengue, latin pop, as well as that of hip hop, and other styles. Reggaeton is also combined with rapping or singing in Spanish. </li></ul><ul><li>The influence of this genre has spread to the wider Latino communities in the United States, as well as the Latin American audience. </li></ul><ul><li>While it takes influences from hip hop and Jamaican dancehall, Reggaeton is not the Hispanic or Latino version of either of these genres, instead it has its own specific beat and rhythm </li></ul>
<ul><li>Even though some may not know it, Reggaeton origin was from Panama as Spanish Reggae. It was an adapted version of Jamaican Reggae. </li></ul>
What is the misunderstanding of the origins of Reggaeton?
<ul><li>The misunderstandings come from the several adaptations to Jamaican Reggae. Originally, the Jamaican influence on Panamanian music has been strong because it was common practice for them to translate the lyrics of Jamaican reggae song into Spanish and sing them over the original melodies which was called "Spanish reggae" or "Reggae en español." </li></ul><ul><li>Meanwhile, the Puerto Rican rappers released Spanish-language hip hop records in the native island. They produced a mixing of reggae and hip hop, spreading the early reggaeton sound. The spreading of this music in the Latin-American communities of the Caribbean and the U.S. gained popularity. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The Carribbean’s migrated to Panama because they had to work on the Panama Canal in the early 20 th century. As a result, the Panamanians were able to take Jamaican Reggae integrate it, adapt and create their own style. </li></ul>