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Flashback… before Cubanito 20.02 became the star group of the new Cuban scene, the term reggaeton gained currency in the West following a few American hits, including the famous "Oye Mi Canto" by New York rapper Noreaga. But the genre – seen as the latest fashion in the
Initially, there were Flipper, El Doctor and White – or Haniel Gonzalez Martinez, José Angel Sastre Perez and Javier Duran Webb. Flipper, the group's singer and front man, held down a day job and DJed at night before launching himself full-time into the Cubanito venture. In the mid-90s, he met up with White and El Doctor in the group Primera Base, a pioneer of Latino hip-hop made in
The group's charisma is based on the perfect alchemy distilled by this founding trio of reggaeton, always ready to party, get together with the girls and play their mutant musical mix. It was because of Cubanito and hits such as Matame, Soy Cubanito and Pideme that reggaeton, notoriously music for "bad boys" in
Following their first effort, Cubanito 20.02 are set on confirming their early promise with a second album (always a tricky stage), Tocame. This time, there is even more of a "French Touch" with a remix of Miente A Lo Cubano, now Mensonge (Lie), featuring a brilliant collective of Cape Verdean origin: La MC (
So forget Macarena-style "Gasolina" and the weary reggaeton churned out by idle FM stations and discover Cubanito 20.02, a trio of young rebels ready to sing for the whole world.
Cuban reggaeton now has a name and a sound: Cubanito 20.02.
CUBANITO 20.02 – Discography
« SOY CUBANITO » CD Lusafrica 462092 (2003)
« TOCAME » CD Lusafrica 462492 (2005)
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