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Moombahton (, MOOM-b?-ton) is a fusion genre of house music and reggaeton that was created by American DJ and producer Dave Nada[2] in Washington, D.C., in 2009.[3] Nada coined the name as a portmanteau of Moombah (a track by Dutch house DJ Chuckie and producer/DJ Silvio Ecomo), and reggaeton (itself a neologism combining reggae with the Spanish suffix -ton, signifying big).


Identifying characteristics of moombahton include a thick and spread-out bass line, dramatic builds, and a two-step pulse with quick drum fills. Occasionally moombahton includes ravey synthesizers and acappella rap samples.[2] Musically, moombahton mixes the rhythmic origins of Dutch house or house music, the slow tempo of reggaeton, usually between 108 and 115 beats per minute (BPM), accompanied by percussions from reggaeton.[2]


Dillon Francis has been an notable artist of moombahton.[4]

Moombahton was created by Dave Nada in late 2009 while DJing his cousin's high school cut party in Washington, D.C.. He blended the house and club music which he had planned to play with the reggaeton and bachata the guests were previously listening to by slowing down Afrojack's remix of Silvio Ecomo and Chuckie's song "Moombah!" from 128 BPM to 108 BPM, to create the basis of the genre.[5][6] Between late 2009 and early 2010, Nada worked on a five track extended play of moombahton tracks that was released in March 2010, with the support of the DJ Ayres and the DJ Tittsworth at T&A Records.[7]

Though not referred to as moombahton, the concept of combining reggae/dancehall/reggaeton percussion with electronic elements dates back further than Dave Nada.[8][9]



Moombahcore is a subgenre of moombahton with dubstep influences, also incorporating elements of gabber, breakcore, and techstep.[4] Moombahcore fused dubstep drums and moombahton tempo (100-115 BPM), also has elements like wobble bass, FM synth, distorted basslines, and complex percussion patterns.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Yenigun, Sami (March 18, 2011). "Moombahton: Born In D.C., Bred Worldwide". NPR. Retrieved 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Fischer, Jonathan L. (December 24, 2010). "Our Year in Moombahton: How a local DJ created a genre, and why D.C.'s ascendant dance scene couldn't contain it". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2011. 
  3. ^ Shepherd, Julianne Escobedo (March 5, 2010). "Dave Nada, Creator of moombahton". The Fader. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Brodsky, Rachel. "EDM king Dillon Francis is MTV's latest Artist to Watch". MTV News. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ Patel, Puja. "Hot New Sound: Moombahton Goes Boom!". Spin. Retrieved 2012. 
  6. ^ Andrea Pomini. "Raving about Moombahton" (in italiano). Rumore magazine #230, pag. 40. 
  7. ^ "Dave Nada - Moombahton". T&A Records. Retrieved 2011. 
  8. ^ "Moombahton, Munchiton, & Related dancehall y Ear Candy". 29 April 2010. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "Life Before Moombahton - (Pre-moombahton Music)". 11 January 2012. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ Aguiar Steven. "Sazon Booya Lead Moombahton's 2012 Breakthrough". MTV. Retrieved 2012. 

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