El Alfa

Dembow is a style of Latin music from the Dominican Republic. It’s similar to reggaeton but has a more constant rhythm and faster tempo.

Dembow’s name and its sound are derived from Shabba Ranks‘ 1990 Jamaican dancehall anthem. The track inspired Dominican artists to create their own style based on the riddim. Dembow’s popularity has increased in recent years with the overall rise in Latin music globally.

Notable artists include El Alfa, Tokischa, and Kiko El Crazy. Discover the genre’s essential tracks in our playlist below.

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