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YleX S-Mix: Dominican Dembow Special

YleX S-Mix: Dominican Dembow Special

Playing tracks by

El Chevo, Lapiz Conciente, Bulin 47, Jenn Morel, Musicologo The Libro and more.

The Dominican style of dembow is a fast-paced revival of iconic Jamaican dancehall loops, which gained popularity in the DR in the 2000s just as Puerto Rican–based reggaetón was blowing up. Reggaetón shares the primary dembow sound: Jamaican-based riddims — referring to the instrumental of a song, it’s the Jamaican pronunciation for “rhythm” — and Spanish lyrics. The Dominican flavor is a local evolution of the sound, with beats incorporating, for example, Brazilian funk and hip-hop’s synthesized sounds.

Unlike most perreo tracks, which are in the 80 to 100 beats per minute (BPM) range, Dominican dembow rarely falls below 110 BPM, averages in the 120s and gets up to 140 BPM.

This mix includes the some of the hottest Dominican dembow tracks of the moment.

30-minute mix for Finnish national radio station YleX.
Originally broadcasted February 16, 2019.