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Dembow is a musical riddim[1] that originated in Jamaica.[2] When Shabba Ranks released "Dem Bow" in 1990, it did not take long for the dembow genre to form. Riddims were built from the song and the sound became a popular part of reggaeton. From the original song of "Dem Bow" produced by Steely & Clevie, it then reached New York, and eventually the Dominican Republic.[3][4]


The main element of dembow music is its rhythm, which is somewhat reminiscent of reggaeton and dancehall music, but with a more constant rhythm and faster than reggaeton. Rhythm and melodies in dembow tend to be simple and repetitive.

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  1. ^ El dembow: el sonido urbano del momento
  2. ^ "Historia breve del Reggae jamaiquino, Reggaeton y Dembow". Archived from the original on 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  3. ^ "Digital Rhythm: The loopy origins of dembow and the knotty dancehall roots of reggaeton". Archived from the original on 2020-08-18. Retrieved 2018-05-08.
  4. ^ Marshall, Wayne. Dem Bow, Dembow, Dembo: Translation and Transnation in Reggaeton. pp. 131–151.