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Moombahton (pronounced /ˌmoombaˈtoʊn/) is a genre of electronic dance music that was created by American dj/producer Dave Nada 1 at a high school homecoming “skipping party” for his younger cousin in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2009.2 The specific event that stimulated NADA’s development of the Moombahton genre was his slowing the Afrojack remix of the Silvio Ecomo & DJ Chuckie song “Moombah” to 108 beats per minute. Because that tempo nears that of the reggaeton, Nada created the neologism “Moombahton” by combining the title of the track “Moombah” and the “ton” ending of the word “reggaeton” and applied it to his new genre.
In the period between the events of the homecoming party in Fall, 2009, and March, 2010, Nada perfected his vision of the new genre in the recording studio utilizing the intuitions and insights garnered from the “skipping party” experience to create a five track EP of newly-minted Moombahton tracks that dropped in March 2010 with the promotional assistance and support of DJ Ayres and DJ Tittsworth at T & A Records 3 The 5 tracks on the EP Moombahton are “Moombahton,” “Riverside,” a Moombahton version of the Sidney Samson hit ,“Ruffcut Moombahton Dub,” featuring a sample of the Maluca hit song, “El Tigeraso,” "Ruff Cut Moombaton Edit, and “Seductive Sound.” The “5-pack” Moombaton sampler was uploaded to Soundcloud in early March 2010, where it garnered immediate attention and stimulated the creation of other Moombahton tracks by a handful of artists in the United States and Canada.4
However, Nada’s “Moombahton” was much more than simply “Dutch House pitched down to 108 BPMs.” The original Moombahton tracks feature not only the standard moombahton 108 BPMs but also 1.) chopped vocals, 2.) layered acapellas, 3.) extended and enhanced build-ups, as well as the introduction of 4.) new drums and percussion elements. These signature characteristics of the genre are known as the “5 elements of classic moombahton.”