How to Make a Dembow Tune in a Simple Step


As a joke, local TV host Carlos Durán recently decided to prove just how easy is to make a Dembow song by using only one phrase. Dembow is one of the urban genre styles [Género Urbano] developed in the Dominican Republic in the 1990s; it has become popular after reggaeton.

In the past years, there’s been an explosion of the “Género Urbano” in the Latin music industry. After reggaeton became mainstream thanks to names such as Tego Calderón, Daddy Yankee, Wisin Y Yandel, Don Omar and more, a not-so-distant cousin has been trying to make a few appearances as well: Dembow. In the Dominican Republic in particular there’s been a whole Dembow revolution ever since artists Black Point and Sensato released their song “Watagatapitusberry,” garnering major attention from Pitbull and Lil’ Jon, who, along with El Cata, made a very popular and chart-topping remix of the song that was featured as Pitbull’s first single from his album “Armando” in 2010.

Of course, seeing how a made-up word got so much attention, other local artists decided to venture in the genre with racy lyrics and creating new slang words. According to Alexéi Tellerías, an entertainment and culture journalist from the Dominican Republic, dembow originated in the late 90s, taking the percussive base from the reggaeton. They were both “underground” rhythms and eventually became a part of the broad “Género Urbano.” The genre has spiked in the DR and to mock the huge influx of “dembowseros,” Carlos Durán, a local TV host, decided to prove just how easy is to make a Dembow by using only one phrase.

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