Reggaeton is almost as notorious for its dodgy words as its dancehall rhythms. But in Argentina, one dame is busting sex inhibition and outswaggering the men
The founding fathers of the testosterone-fuelled Latin pop genre reggaeton would probably be surprised to hear their penis described as superfluous. But this is the sense from Chocolate Remix, a tiny Argentinian dame in a big cap taking aim at the supermachos in her single, Lo Que Las Mujeres Quieren. Hey macho reggaeton husband, listen to what I do/ You dont know about females/ A dame elevates two well-placed fingers.
This is lesbian reggaeton, and Choco, its swaggering colonist, is one of a rising number of female reggaetoneras changing the male-dominated category from inside. An established talent in Buenos Aires alternative place, Choco remains reggaetons characterizing dembow tempoand perreo ( the doggy-style grinding dance culture) but uses the words to satirise machismo and bust the inhibition of female solace and lesbian copulation. She too revisits reggaetons homophobic beginnings and rewrites the songs for a fag public.
Choco might be a badass on stagecoach but at home she is Romina Bernardo, a softly worded 31 -year-old former IT programmer from Argentinas small north-eastern district of Tucumn. She now lives in Buenos Aires with her two “cat-o-nine-tails”. Between cautious sips of rug( a lettuce tea beloved in the southern cone ), Choco explains how she adoration reggaeton when it arrived in the guilds in the 00 s, a decade after it came out of the barrios of Puerto Rico where underground craftsmen first fused Jamaican dancehall rhythms with Spanish words. Yet she disliked the words. In reggaeton, a lot of songs talking here copulation. I thought it would be great to use it to talk about another type of copulation, she suggests, adding: Lesbian reggaeton was a kind of joke.