Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, is home to about three million people. If you count its suburbs that figure rises to fifteen million. These porteños, as they’re known, are world famous for the tango and, to a lesser extent, cumbia villera and national rock. With a vast port that has seen successive waves of immigration, the metropolis has blended the various musical influences that these new arrivals bring. Thus Europe, the United States, and other South American countries as well as the Caribbean are a source of inspiration for Argentine musicians.
Currently, the trendy sounds among young people comes from a mixture of cumbia and reggaeton. L-Gante (“Elegant”) is the figurehead of this movement, along with producer Bizarrap, who has also been involved in the development of Argentine trap. This style has conquered the rest of Latin America with artists such as Cazzu, Khea and Duki. Porteño reggaeton is also growing in popularity with stars like Nicki Nicole.
In another vein, the pop-rock scene is also a flourishing pool for young artists. Argentina’s organic electro infuses folkloric elements with heavy beats to create some really uplifting vibes.