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|| From música negra to reggaeton latino: the cultural politics of nation, migration, and commercialization / Wayne Marshall -- Placing Panama in the reggaeton narrative : editor's notes / Wayne Marshall -- Reggae in Panama : bien tough / Christoph Twickel -- The Panamanian origins of reggae en español: seeing history through "los ojos café" of Renato / Interview by Ifeoma C.K. Nwankwo -- Muévelo (move it!): from Panama to New York and back again, the story of El General / Interview by Christoph Twickel -- Policing morality, mano dura style : the case of underground rap and reggae in Puerto Rico in the mid-1990s / Raquel Z. Rivera -- Dominicans in the mix : reflections on Dominican identity, race, and reggaeton / Deborah Pacini Hernandez -- The politics of dancing: reggaetón and rap in Havana / Geoff Baker -- You got your reggaetón in my hip-hop: crunkiao and "Spanish music" in the Miami urban scene / Jose Davila -- Visualizing reggaeton: editors' notes / Wayne Marshall and Raquel Z. Rivera -- Images by Miguel Luciano -- Images by Carolina Caycedo -- Images by Kacho López -- (W)rapped in foil : glory at twelve words a minute / Félix jiménez -- A man lives here : reggaeton's hypermasculine resident / Alfredo Nieves Moreno -- How to make love with your clothes on : dancing regeton, gender, and sexuality in Cuba / Jan fairley -- Chamaco's corner / Gallego (José Raúl González) -- Salon philosophers : Ivy Queen and surprise guests take reggaetón aside / Alexandra T. Vazquez -- From hip-hop to reggaeton: is there only a step? / Welmo Romero Joseph -- Black pride / Tego Calderón -- Poetry of filth : the (post) reggaetonic lyrics of calle 13 / Frances Negrón-Muntaner.
|| Since reggaeton is a relatively young style of music (having begun in the late 1980s or early 1990s), a volume of this sort is invaluable. The editors are careful to place reggaeton as a substyle of Jamaican reggae and to credit reggae with the roots of reggaeton (accomplished through creating Spanish-language "versions" of Jamaican dance-hall hits). In addition to discussing the Panamanian and Puerto Rican foundations of the style, the essays note the evolution of reggaeton as it went to New York City. Issues discussed include race, gender, origin, politics, language, text basis, public opinion, and sex. Enhanced by numerous illustrations, this is a serious, well-written study that significantly enhances the literature on reggaeton style.