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Moombahton (/ˈmmbətɒn/, MOOM-bə-ton) is a fusion genre. It mixes house music, african music and reggaeton. It was created by American DJ and producer Dave Nada[1] in Washington, D.C., in 2009.[2]

Moombahton was created by Dave Nada in late 2009. It was while he was 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 dancehall and bachata. The guests were listening to them by slowing down Afrojack's remix of Silvio Ecomo and Chuckie's "Moombah!" from 128 BPM to 108 BPM, to create the basis of the genre.[3] 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.[4]

Though not referred to as moombahton, the concept of combining reggae/dancehall/reggaeton percussion with electronic elements dates back further than Dave Nada.[5][6] Examples of artists which previously fused Latin and electronic dance music include Nadia Oh, El General, Masters at Work, Munchi, Luny Tunes, Jowell & Randy.

Moombahton has also been incorporated into existing styles of music. It creates derivative genres such as moombahcore. That was a genre fusing the tempo and percussion of moombahton with the distorted sounds of modern dubstep.

In January 2012, Beatport created a chart for the top moombahton songs of 2011.[7]

Moombahton creator Nada and collaborator Matt Nordstrom as Nadastrom (who toured with Skrillex in 2011) are currently based in Los Angeles but return regularly to DC to play the Moombahton Massive parties they established in 2010 at U Street Music Hall.[8]


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  1. 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 November 17, 2011.
  2. Shepherd, Julianne Escobedo (March 5, 2010). "Dave Nada, Creator of moombahton". The Fader. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  3. Patel, Puja. "Hot New Sound: Moombahton Goes Boom!". Spin. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  4. "Dave Nada – Moombahton". T&A Records. Archived from the original on October 13, 2011. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  5. "Moombahton, Munchiton, & Related dancehall y Ear Candy". 29 April 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  6. "Life Before Moombahton – (Pre-moombahton Music)". 11 January 2012. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  7. "What You Missed 2011 – Moombahton". Beatport. January 4, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  8. Moombahton settles in L.A. after becoming D.C.'s first breakout electronic music genre Archived 2013-12-15 at the Wayback Machine, by Jeff Weiss, April 23, 2013, The Washington Post