Daddy Yankee

Representando al ‘Barrio Fino’: un análisis del video musical de Gasolina

2017-04-06
Resumen: 

En este artículo realizo un análisis del video musical de la canción “Gasolina” de Daddy Yankee. Mi objetivo principal es demostrar que los visuales de este video fomentan un mensaje de solidaridad, simpatía y empatía hacia los sectores marginados de Puerto Rico, el cual contribuye a proyectar el video (y por extensión, el género del Reggaetón) como un símbolo identitario de las clases marginadas de la Isla. El personaje que asume Daddy Yankee en algunas de las escenas del video como defensor del barrio juega un papel muy importante en este proceso. Del mismo modo, muestro en el artículo que la especial relación del video musical con las comunidades marginadas de Puerto Rico puede ser apreciada en su totalidad solo cuando se analiza el video musical de manera concomitante con el concepto del álbum Barrio Fino, al cual este intenta promocionar.

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Cobertura: 
Puerto Rico, 2004
Colaborador: 
Vigimaris Nadal-Ramos and Dorsía Smith Silva, English Department, College of General Studies.
Reseña biográfica: 

Omar Ruiz Vega es de Aguada, Puerto Rico. Posee un doctorado en musicología de la Universidad de Colonia y una maestría de la Universidad Humboldt en Berlín. Completó su bachillerato en Historia en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras. En febrero de 2015 su tesis doctoral fue publicada en Alemania por la editorial trancript-Verlag bajo el título Musik-Kolonialismus-Identität: José Figueroa Sanabia und die puerto-ricanische Gesellschaft 1925-1952 (Música-Colonialismo-Identidad: José Figueroa Sanabia y la sociedad puertorriqueña 1925-1952). Actualmente vive en Nueva York.

Editor: 
Umbral.

More Than Just a Beat: The Phenomenon of Reggaetón

2016-04-06
Resumen: 

This essay explores the multiple reasons why reggaetón is an international phenomenon and enjoyed by fans across the globe. It begins with the detailed examination of the origins of reggaetón and traces the roots to the development of Panama in 1903 and the subsequent creation of the Panama Canal. By providing a complex view of the history of reggaeton, the essay provides a complex understanding of how reggaeton is linked to many different musical genres. These musical connections are extended by the early pioneers of reggaetón such as El General and Vico C and documentaries on reggaetón, which contextualize the rich and diverse foundations of reggaetón. In addition, the essay also highlights the success of several popular reggaetón artists, such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and J Balvin and the popularity of reggaetón on radio stations and in concerts. As the essay illustrates, as more successful reggaetón artists have developed, reggaetón has increased its universal appeal to global audiences. With the genre’s steady evolution and increased exposure, reggaetón will continue to be a powerful force in the record industry and beyond. This phenomenon of reggaetón’s popularity only continues to grow and push its sales to the multibillion dollar mark in the record industry.

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Cobertura: 
Reggaetón, Music, and Music Industry and Artists
Colaborador: 
Vigimaris Nadal-Ramos and Dorsía Smith Silva, English Department, College of General Studies.
Reseña biográfica: 

Dorsía Smith Silva is an Associate Professor of English in the Faculty of General Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She is the co-organizer of the First Symposium of Reggaetón at the UPR-RP in 2016 and co-teaches a course on reggaetón at the UPR-RP. Dr. Smith is also the co-editor and editor of several texts, including co-editor of Caribbean without Borders: Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture (2008), Critical Perspectives on Caribbean Literature and Culture (2010), and Critical and Feminist Perspectives on Caribbean Mothering (2013), and editor of Latina/Chicana Mothering (2011). She is currently co-editing three books: Travelin’ Mama; Mothers, Mothering, and Globalization; and Mothers and Daughters. In addition, she has published articles in the Journal of Caribbean Literature¸ Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, and Sargasso and poetry in POUI: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing. Her primary interests include global studies, cultural studies, and mothering and motherhood studies.

Editor: 
Umbral.