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Ibiza Virgins' Guide to... Reggaeton

The sound of the island.

Ibiza is known for its dance music the world over, but that is an umbrella term for various different styles. Our series on the genres found here will help you identify the parties and clubs best suited to your tastes.

One form of music has shot up in recent years and proved very popular with the local population and southern Europeans in general. Can you see where we're headed with this...?


Reggaeton

We're talking about the music genre whose Latin rhythms will take over your hips and whose infuriatingly catchy lyrics won't leave your head: Reggaeton.

Reggaeton is loved by many, but misunderstood by others. Unsurprisingly, the movement has found most flavour between Spanish speaking communities. Locals on Ibiza love Reggaeton, in particular the younger generations.

No matter your stance, you will end up hearing lots of it, both on the radio and in the club.


Origins

Originating in the most humble neighbourhoods of Puerto Rico and Panama, this underground Latin genre emerged in the '90s from the fusion of Jamaican Reggae with American Hip-Hop and accompanied by a dembow rhythm.

Reggaeton lyrics became the loudspeaker for marginalised communities dealing with complex issues of race, crime, sex and gender.

Nowadays this music culture can be heard in all corners of the globe. Even those who are not necessarily fans of Reggaeton, will know how to dance perreo (twerk). This sexualised dance characterises the genre.

If you still don't know how to dance perreo, Bad Bunny gives you the key in the video below.


Latin artists that you will hear everywhere, include Pitbull, J Balvin, Maluma, Becky G, Sech, Anuel, Carol G, Daddy Yankee, Rauw Alejandro and Bad Bunny. If you want to learn more, check out our playlist with the genre's biggest hits:


Inevitably, the influence of this genre reached the White Island - and it has boomed here.

During Ibiza's last full season, 2019, almost all the major the clubs began to integrate Latin music into their weekly agenda. Mucho Ibiza, RICHBITCH, Brutal Ibiza and Mamacita were all promotions that emerged, with international artists packing the dancefloors.

2022 Reggaeton parties:

Nicky Jam at Ushuaïa | Sunday 15 May only
Anuel AA at Hï Ibiza | Mondays in June and July
BRUTAL and Mamacita at Amnesia | Thursdays, alternating between the two
Pacha Latino Gang w/ Maluma at Pacha | Tuesdays
Urban Club Culture at Octan | Saturdays
You Know The Vibes at Es Paradis | Mondays

Any night of the week, you are going to get a healthy dose of Reggaeton at intimate Playa d'en Bossa nightspot SWAG.

More parties to be added imminently.

Arguably Reggaeton's biggest star, J Balvin, returns to the island in 2022. After stops in Cancun, Punta Cana and Las Vegas, his Neon mini-festival brings together a host of leading international artists across Ushuaia, Hï Ibiza and Hard Rock Hotel from 9 to 12 July.

If this is not enough, any fans of Hip-Hop and R&B, should check-out Applebum at Ibiza Rocks every Saturdays from 28 May to 24 September.

Now that you know where you want to go, book your tickets before you arrive.


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