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Con un Flow Natural”: Sonic affinities and reggaeton nationalism

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Reggaeton's success in the international music scene has incited heated debates about the genre's genealogy. The dominant framework for discussing reggaeton's origin often relies on and reifies nation-based claims to the genre, overlooking how reggaeton resists being fixed to any single locale. In this paper I discuss the emergence of the reggaeton subgenre bhangraton (a mix of bhangra pop and reggaeton) and point to some of the ways that it challenged nationalist claims to reggaeton. Reggaetonera and Hindi-vocalist Deevani, in particular, complicates claims about racial, ethnic, and sonic purity that circulate within reggaeton by highlighting how race, gender, and affinity are performed and felt and by calling attention to the genre's multiple circuits outside the nation.
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Keywords: Puerto Rico; bhangraton; cultural nationalism; latinidad; performance; race; reggaeton

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University,

Publication date: 01 July 2011

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