Published On: Sun, Jun 7th, 2009

El Trovaton…”The Criollo Cypher”

I just got back from an amazing day at our 2nd "Taino Brunch" event at Taino Soleil in Brooklyn NYC. I had a great time with Maria Aponte, Mamarazzi, Chacho Ramirez, Dwight Brewster and one of my favorite artists, Josh Goldstein. A warm saludos to all of them for a great performance/exhibition.

When I got home, I logged into facebook as the bonafide social media tecato that I am, to poke around and see what amazing cultural events I will be supporting this week. I came across an interesting post on Raquel Z. Rivera's page that was posted by Tato Torres. the post was a series of youtube video's featuring high profile reggaeton artists battling trovadores (which is like old jibaro music that is improvised…right Tato?) on El Circo which is a show on La Mega 106.9 / 95.1 in Puerto Rico. 

This is actually funny seing dudes the same age battle using two different styles…
We want to hear from you, comment below…who do you think comes out on top?
On a side note…Raquel Z. Rivera's book is about to hit shelves everywhere and you can actually get it signed by the author herself this Thursday night or you can buy it here at the Sofrito Book Store.
The event info is listed below.

REGGAE/TON: Book Reading & Signing

A Dialogue on the Rise, Downpression and Evolution of Reggae/ton

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Thursday, June 11, 2009
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
408 West 58 Street

New York, NY


Come join a dialogue with the authors of "Black to the Roots" and "Reggaeton"
Suggested Donation: $5
Donation waived with purchase of either book at this event.
Rod Ptahsen-Shabazz, Ph.D.
Black to the Roots critically examines the 1980’s-90’s decline in the politically and socially relevant themes and artists that once defined the reggae music genre in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. The text focuses on the subtle processes by which the content, production and distribution of reggae became transformed and co-opted. The analysis concludes by examining the resurgence of the traditional roots themes in the music, and the current market pressures that continue to impact on reggae production.
Raquel Z. Rivera, Ph.D.
Reggaeton is the first critical assessment of this wildly popular music. Journalists, scholars, and artists delve into reggaeton’s local roots and its transnational dissemination; they parse the genre’s aesthetics, particularly as they differ from those of hip-hop; and they explore the debates about race, nation, gender,and sexuality generated by the music. The collection opens with an in-depth exploration of the social and sonic currents that coalesced into reggaeton in Puerto Rico during the 1990s. Contributors consider reggaeton in relation to that island, Panama, Jamaica, and New York; Cuban society, Miami’s hip-hop scene, and Dominican identity; and other genres including reggae en español, underground, and dancehall reggae.
RSVP to George Oliver
212-307-7420 ext. 3008


El Trovaton…”The Criollo Cypher”