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Cuban Poet Alexis Díaz-Pimienta Advocates for Reggaeton

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 by James Rodriguez

The renowned writer, poet, and improviser Alexis Díaz-Pimienta has spoken out in defense of reggaeton, urging greater collaboration with artists in the genre to enhance the quality of the lyrics. Díaz-Pimienta is likely the only Cuban to have participated in the international project "Aprendemos Juntos 2030," spearheaded by the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BBVA). In his talk, he showcased his improvisational skills and shared various techniques for language and creativity development.

However, one of the most captivating topics for the audience was his defense of reggaeton. This genre is highly controversial due to its often crude, sexist, and misogynistic lyrics. "It's a social phenomenon, and we can't just look the other way. It's a rhythm that activates the basal ganglia, a part of the brain directly connected to pleasure and movement, which is why it's danced to worldwide," he remarked.

Díaz-Pimienta drew parallels with poets from other eras who addressed themes of sex or scatology in their works, which are studied in universities without causing any embarrassment. "I'm not defending what has happened with reggaeton lyrics, but rather inviting us to seize the opportunity that this rhythm, which reaches millions of young people, presents. They will continue to dance to it, so let's change the linguistic landscape," he said.

The writer explained that by observing the musical preferences of his students in a "Poetic Improvisation" course, he recognized the need to view urban genres and song lyrics differently. This led him to develop a study program called "Intelligent Reggaeton." "It's music that generates an unignorable bodily energy. It's a genre that has had a very curious evolution, from being censored on the radio to being banned from dancing," he noted, emphasizing that despite these challenges, no media outlet or government has been able to stop reggaeton.

Díaz-Pimienta urged writers, producers, and musicians to take greater responsibility in creating songs and to be open to working with artists from urban genres and broader Latin pop. "Let's not leave the space empty; let's collaborate to improve the lyrics in the genre," said the poet, reminding that misogyny, sexism, and vulgarity are present in many music genres, not just reggaeton.

Understanding Alexis Díaz-Pimienta's Stance on Reggaeton

In light of Alexis Díaz-Pimienta's recent defense of reggaeton, several important questions arise about the genre and his viewpoint. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers.

Why does Alexis Díaz-Pimienta defend reggaeton?

Díaz-Pimienta believes that reggaeton is a social phenomenon that cannot be ignored. He sees potential in collaborating with reggaeton artists to improve the quality of the lyrics, leveraging the genre's wide reach among young people.

What is "Intelligent Reggaeton"?

"Intelligent Reggaeton" is a study program developed by Díaz-Pimienta that aims to provide a more thoughtful and creative approach to the genre's lyrics, ensuring they are more meaningful and impactful.

How does Díaz-Pimienta compare reggaeton to other forms of art?

He compares reggaeton to the works of poets from other eras who also addressed controversial themes. He argues that just as those works are studied academically, reggaeton should be given a chance to evolve linguistically and culturally.

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