Here at AMP Radio, we pride ourselves on introducing you to the hottest songs that you usually don’t hear on most top 40 radio stations.
Take, for example, PSY. We were the first station in the country to play “Gangnam Style” and now he’s everywhere!
Today, Carson decided to play a little something different for his loyal listeners. Don Omar has been around for awhile, but lately, his 2010 hit “Danza Kuduro” is starting to gain some traction in the U.S. club scene.
“Yesterday, I heard this song from this artist Don Omar and it had this really cool sort of new sound, obviously like a kind of Latin dance pop vibe and I immediately played it for my friend Rudy,” Carson said this morning.
“Don Omar is huge! He’s a big reggae guy. He’s a Puerto Rican guy and he’s the life of the party,” Rudy explained. “That ‘Danza Kuduro’ song that you played is the one that they place in every single exercise place!”
You may have heard the song, which is partly sung in Portuguese, on the Fast and Furious soundtrack. Don Omar acted in the film as well.
“Remember we couldn’t figure out what [kuduro] meant in Spanish?” Carson told Rudy. “But kuduro is actually a type of music that’s popular in Portugal. So it’s just a dance style, kuduro-style.”
With the trumpets and violins, the track sounded almost ranchera-like to Carson, but Rudy set him straight.
“It’s kind of like typical merengue Dominican style mixed in with the reggae,” Rudy described. “Now that you say Portuguese, it’s kind of like that mix of merengue, reggae, and then the samba.”
Needless to say, Carson couldn’t get enough of it and it seems like you all were digging it too!
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles