Written by S.Renée
Friday night sent me down memory lane as Dave Nada, Matt Nordstrom & Sabo brought down the house at Miami’s Grand Central. With memories rushing back of my many nights at U Street Music Hall and Velvet Lounge during my 10 year tenure in Washington, DC (the birthplace of Moombahton), it was a great site to see Nada and Nordstrom (known by their DJ moniker, Nadastrom), along with NYC’s Sabo, rock the crowd of Miami, just as they’d always done in the nations capitol.
Created by Nada at a party in 2009, Moombahton is a combination of house, club, dancehall, reggaeton and bachata sounds, slowed down from 128bpm to 108bpm. According to sources, “it shares rhythmic origins with Dutch house or electro house slowed down to the tempo of reggaeton (usually 108-115 beats per minute) with reggaeton-influenced drum and percussion elements. Other features include “thick basslines, dramatic buildups, a two-step pulse, and quick drum fills.” Its name is a portmanteau of “moombah” and “reggaeton.” Since then, the genre has swept through the music scene, and has quickly grown out of its small town origin into a nationally and internationally respected form of music, garnering the attention of media, fans and music lovers from all over.
The scene at Friday evening’s ‘Massive’ was no different than any of the DC shows I’ve attended: awesome mixes, beautiful girls, and all the opportunity to dance the entire night away, and still beg for more. Although it won’t be long before these guys may need to start walking around with bodyguards to block hoards of thirsty fans, the gentlemen were very humble, interacted with the crowd, and even jumped down from the stage to snap pics with fans. The constant build up that makes Moombahton so enjoyable for so many kept the crowd entranced throughout the night, and for me, that refresher course is responsible for the personal Moombahton party I’ve had since I left Grand Central Friday night. The amount of excitement, enjoyment and pure fun during the show proves that, unlike other attempts at introducing a new form of music to the industry, Moombahton is here to stay – and I’m here for it!