It just keeps going up the charts. El Chombo’s “Dame Tu Cosita” (Give Me Your Thingy) is at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks mostly to streaming. As previously reported, “Dame” was originally recorded by Panamenian DJ El Chombo (real name Rodney Sebastian Clarks Donald) back in 1998 as the intro to his album Cuentos De La Cripta Vol. II.
Back then, El Chombo was known for his dance/dembow hybrids, the early days of reggaeton. Two years ago, an animator from Madagascar, Artnoux, used the song as the soundtrack for a video of an animated little alien. It took off thanks to musical.ly challenges, leading French label Juston Records to contact El Chombo and order an expanded version of the track. The label also got the rights to Artnoux’s video and asked him to expand that as well. Earlier this year, Ultra jumped into the deal and licensed the track worldwide.
So, where has El Chombo been through all this? We caught up with him. and this is what he had to say.