Latin American music has emerged and influenced various parts of the world already.
They have brought their culture and their history into their performances, both of which have defined what music is to us today.
Without a doubt, the world has evolved thanks to the influence of Latin American music.
As this genre encompasses almost half of the world, some countries began experimenting with the genre to create newer ones including jazz, alternative rock, hip hop, pop and reggae.
All of these genres incorporate Latin American influences, and now they have taken over the entire music industry even until today.
The original song “Honja en Blanco” was originally sung by the Colombian vallenato group called Los Diablitos.
Their version was folksy and upbeat at the same time. The song was then adapted by various musical artists including Monchy and Alexandra, a bachata musical group in the Dominican Republic.
Still, it was also adapted by Dread Mar-I, a famous reggae musician from Argentina.
Dread Mar-I transforms this classic song into a reggae hit!
He did his first cover of “Honja en Blanco” in a plain bedroom, and he recorded it in January 2016.
He was sitting on the staircase of his house with his dreads fixed around his head and an acoustic guitar in his arms. He softly strums a chord with his guitar as he sings the song’s lyrics at the same time, giving it the feel of a slow ballad.
Suddenly, his strumming pattern shifts into a standard 1-2 reggae beat, where the second beat is to be played abruptly.
His fluid voice flows with his guitar gracefully, and the sweet-sounding melody is sure to make you want to dance. For the finale, he sang an improvised vocalization on repeat and added a fading effect to signify the song’s ending. Without a doubt, his performance nailed every part of this song—but he still made it his own.
Since it was posted, the cover racked up an impressive 32 million views on YouTube.
The clip of his performance sat on YouTube for four years now, but it keeps getting more and more views and likes from the internet. At that very same year, Dread Mar-I officially released a music video of this song which fished up over 297 million views. Still, some people will likely still prefer the raw, acoustic quality from the previous video.
Mariano Javier Castro, now known as Dread Mar-I, was born in Quequén, Argentina in 1978.
It was reggae legend Bob Marley’s music which piqued his interest and inspired him to do music on his own. He pursued his passion for music by spending many nights honing his skills. Years later, he was able to join the Reggae Messengers as their lead vocalist. After some time, he separated from the band to pursue a solo career and found booming success from that.
His sensual and passionate vocal performance incorporates a style that combines profound roots of both reggae and rock.
After the success of his first independent debut album, he managed to capture the interest of international major record labels. He attained a series of successes in his career, and his name has since been heard all over the world as the best reggae artist in Argentina.
As this performance shows clearly, that’s a title that he’s earned!
Even if you’re not familiar with the original song, it’s easy to get lost in these musical stylings no matter who you are.
Be sure to check out the entire performance by clicking on the link below:
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Source: YouTube/Dread Mar I-Oficial