reg·​gae·​ton | \ ˌre-gā-ˈtōn How to pronounce reggaeton (audio) , ˌrā-\

Definition of reggaeton

: popular music of Puerto Rican origin that combines rap with Caribbean rhythms

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Among those targeted are visual artists and underground reggaeton and hip hop musicians. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "‘Absolute Control’: Cuba Steps Up Artistic Censorship," 25 Dec. 2018 On Thursday night, about 200 migrants danced in the town square as a disc jockey played reggaeton music from the balcony of the mayor’s office. José De Córdoba And Juan Montes, WSJ, "On the Caravan Trail, Grueling Conditions Take Toll on Migrants," 26 Oct. 2018 The reggaeton portion of the festival, called Hasta Abajo (Get Down), will feature Ivy Queen, DJ Nelson, Ranking Stone, Alberto Stylee, Wiso G and DJ Negro, performing as The Noise. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "This Week in Latin Notas: Listen to Ozuna's Latest Song 'Unica' & More," 1 May 2018 Prior to that, Vibe reported that, according to reggaeton producer DJ Nelson, Smith and Nicky Jam were working on the song. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Will Smith & Nicky Jam Will Perform Official FIFA World Cup Song With Era Istrefi," 21 May 2018 Becky also discusses crossing over from English to Spanish and singing reggaeton; the 21-year-old singer explains that this is what makes her story unique. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Becky G on Singing Reggaeton as a Mexican & What She Would Do if Selena or Jenni Rivera Were Alive," 6 July 2018 Many of the artists in urban genres such as reggaeton and hip hop, which have been critical of the Cuban government, do not hold state permits to perform in public. Nora Gámez Torres, miamiherald, "Cuba imposes more taxes and controls on private sector and increases censorship on the arts," 10 July 2018 This is particularly problematic in urban music and reggaeton, which continues to have significant crossover success. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "Latin Women Take The Reins: Insights From the Latin Alternative Music Conference," 13 July 2018 La Tribu de Abrante, a high-energy, 12-piece fusion orchestra, has blended the sounds of bomba with reggaeton, reggae and hip-hop. New York Times, "Bomba: The Enduring Anthem of Puerto Rico," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of reggaeton

2002, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reggaeton

American Spanish reggaetón, from reggae reggae + -ton (as in Spanish maratón marathon)

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