From its roots in Jamaican and Panamanian reggae to the genre's transformation in Puerto Rico's hip-hop scene and circulation across Latin America and the wider world, Wayne Marshall (Liberal Arts) will discuss the history of reggaeton. Connecting musical aesthetics to intense debates about race, nation, and gender, Marshall will demonstrate how the shapes and forms of reggaeton have changed over the years, highlighting the ways that Spanish-language rap over Afro-Caribbean rhythms have underpinned a remarkable cultural and economic youth movement.
Wayne Marshall's research and teaching focus on popular/dance music of the Americas and the world, Afrodiasporic cultural politics, musical publics, and media technologies. He teaches music history courses in the Liberal Arts dept at Berklee College of Music and at the Harvard Extension School. A self-described "techno-musicologist," Wayne authors a blog, as well as numerous articles and one "genuine, physical book."