Cubaton is a musical movement that derives from the Caribbean island, influenced by the traditional sounds of the Cuban culture and fused with urban rhythms — or simply put, it’s reggaeton Cubano.
One of the most popular artists in the genre is Gente de Zona, who have collaborated with Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, among others. There’s even a Cubaton radio station in Miami playing the hottest artists in the genre. With that said, check out five Cubaton artists — besides Gente de Zona — that you should be listening to.
Born Yosdani Jacob Carmenates, Jacob Forever was a former member of Gente de Zona before kicking off his solo career in 2013. His music was put on the map when in 2015, he released his party-starting jam “Hasta Que Se Seque el Malecón,” a song that has garnered more than 62 million video views on YouTube. Since, Jacob has collaborated with Farruko, Abraham Mateo and, most recently, Justin Quiles.
Before becoming a Cubaton singer, El Micha was actually a basketball player in Cuba. He discovered his passion for music as a fan of hip-hop and therefore put his distinct, deep, raspy voice to good use. Currently, he’s signed to Cosculluela’s Rottweilas Record Label and has released songs with Enrique Iglesias, Gilberto Santa Rosa and Pitbull.
Yomil & El Dany
With the rise of the Cubaton movement comes Yomil & El Dany, two artists who are changing the game with “Trapton.” Considered the pioneers of this music genre, the Havana-based duo is fusing hip-hop, rap, dancehall and trap with traditional Cuban music. In 2017 they were a finalist at the Billboard Latin Music Awards for Latin Rhythm Albums Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.
While Natti Natasha, Karol G and Becky G are killing it in the Latin urban scene, Dayana Chávez Victoria, a.k.a Srta. Dayana, is dominating Cubaton. Her lyrics, such as the ones found in “A Ti Lo Que Te Duele” and “La Mentira,” focus on empowering women through music. Recently, she performed at the 2018 Premios Juventud with her compatriots El Micha and Yulien Oviedo.
Miami-based DJ Jose Garcia, a.k.a. IAmChino, got his big break in 2011 when he was invited to be Pitbull’s official DJ during his tour. In 2016, he dropped “Ay Mi Dios” featuring Mr. 305, Yandel and El Chacal. The song reached No. 1 on the Latin Airplay chart, giving the Cuban DJ his first-ever charting single.