Moombahton (/ˈmmbətɒn/, MOOM-bə-ton) is a fusion genre of house music and reggaeton that was created by American DJ and producer Dave Nada[2] in Washington, D.C., in 2009.[3] Identifying characteristics of moombahton include a thick and spread-out bass line, dramatic builds; and a two-step pulse, with quick drum fills.[2] Occasionally moombahton includes ravey synthesizers and a cappella rap samples.[2] Nada coined the name as a portmanteau of Moombah (a track by Dutch house DJ Chuckie and producer/DJ Silvio Ecomo), and reggaeton (itself a neologism combining reggae with the Spanish suffix -ton, signifying big).


Moombahton was created by Dave Nada in late 2009 while DJing his cousin's high school cut party in Washington, D.C.. He blended the house and club music which he had planned to play with the dancehall and bachata the guests were previously listening to by slowing down Afrojack's remix of Silvio Ecomo and Chuckie's song "Moombah" from 128 BPM to 108 BPM, to create the basis of the genre.[4] Between late 2009 and early 2010, Nada worked on a five track extended play of moombahton tracks that was released in March 2010, with the support of the DJ Ayres and the DJ Tittsworth at T&A Records.[5]

Though not referred to as moombahton, the concept of combining reggae/dancehall/reggaeton percussion with electronic elements dates back further than Dave Nada.[6][7] Examples of artists which previously fused Latin and electronic dance music include Nadia Oh, El General, Masters at Work, Munchi, Luny Tunes, Jowell & Randy.

Moombahton has also been incorporated into existing styles of music, creating derivative genres such as moombahcore, a genre fusing the tempo and percussion of moombahton with the distorted sounds of modern dubstep.

Recent developments

In January 2012, Beatport created a chart for the top moombahton songs of 2011.[8]

Moombahton creator Nada and collaborator Matt Nordstrom as Nadastrom (who toured with Skrillex in 2011) are currently based in Los Angeles but return regularly to DC to play the Moombahton Massive parties they established in 2010 at U Street Music Hall.[9]


Moombahcore is a style of different moombahton incorporating dubstep influences. As well as incorporating elements of Dutch house as moombahton does, moombahcore also fuses elements of gabber, breakcore, techstep and dubstep.[10] Moombahcore tracks often feature wobble bass, FM synthesis, distorted basslines, aggressive sounds, violent snares and leads, and complex percussion patterns.[11][12]

Notable songs

See also


  1. Yenigun, Sami (March 18, 2011). "Moombahton: Born In D.C., Bred Worldwide". NPR. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 Fischer, Jonathan L. (December 24, 2010). "Our Year in Moombahton: How a local DJ created a genre, and why D.C.'s ascendant dance scene couldn't contain it". Washington City Paper. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  3. Shepherd, Julianne Escobedo (March 5, 2010). "Dave Nada, Creator of moombahton". The Fader. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  4. Patel, Puja. "Hot New Sound: Moombahton Goes Boom!". Spin. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  5. "Dave Nada – Moombahton". T&A Records. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  6. "Moombahton, Munchiton, & Related dancehall y Ear Candy". 29 April 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  7. "Life Before Moombahton – (Pre-moombahton Music)". 11 January 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  8. "What You Missed 2011 – Moombahton". Beatport. January 4, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2012.
  9. Moombahton settles in L.A. after becoming D.C.'s first breakout electronic music genre, by Jeff Weiss, April 23, 2013, The Washington Post
  10. "MTV Artist To Watch: Dillon Francis". Mr.M. Mr.M. Retrieved 5 January 2014. Yep, Dillon remixes ultra-DJs, generates unique function, helped found two little movements called "moombahton" (a fusion of house and reggaeton) and "moombahcore" (a variation of moombahton only infusing other weird phrases like gabber (mainstream hardcore), breakcore, techstep, and dubstep), and he was our unique correspondent at last spring's Hangout Fest!
  11. What Is Moombah Archived October 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. "Moombahcore". This Song Is Sick.
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