Classic music getting a new twist

Over the last few years, one of the hottest trends in music is crossover songs (songs that can be fit several genres of music).

Well, this summer has seen music take yet another spin. The latest trend is taking classic songs from a totally different genre and making them hip and club-ready for a younger generation. One song that is blazing up the airwaves and clubs around the world is Shake Senora by Pitbull, Sean Paul and T-Pain.

This song is tied into one of my favourite movies, BeetleJuice. At the end of the movie, one of the funniest, most magical dance scenes is set to Caribbean icon Harry Belafonte’s infectious song, Jump In the Line. The song was composed by Trinidad calypsonian Lord Kitchener and won the 1946 Trinidad Carnival Road March. It was professionally recorded by Belafonte in 1961 and became synonymous with the Caribbean way of life to people around the world.

Pitbull, Sean Paul,and T-Pain have hit platinum with a great idea to sample the song in their newest tune, Shake Senora. It’s fun, danceable, and totally relevant considering the backgrounds of the artists – Cuban, Jamaican and American (Miami). This is a club banger that is truly for lovely dancing ladies, Shake Senora is an obvious take-off of Jump The Line but with a modern twist. I predict this will keep the next generation dancing.

Chuck Taylor is programme director of Hot 104.1FM. Tune in to hear Chuck live, Monday through Thursday, 5-8pm.

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