Our Favorite New Music Trends and Scenes of 2016

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Music trends – and the language we use to talk about them – may come and go, but they’re an excellent way of identifying how Latinx communities are evolving. Seeing reggaeton swerve into new directions or tracking the growth of ballroom culture in Latin America reflects the way the Internet is collapsing boundaries, as well as the IRL effects of new immigration patterns. Even though some of these movements might not stick around, they definitely made a tumultuous and difficult year captivating.

Here are the music trends and scenes that excited us in 2016:

A new generation of Chilean artists emerged.

Photo by Vicente Brogca

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Atlanta’s Latinxs got the radical club night they deserve.

La Choloteca founders. Photo by Chalane Bauzo

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Ballroom scenes in Chile, Mexico, and Brazil thrived.

Brazil’s V de Viadão party. Photo by Costa

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Ecuador saw the rise of a new electronic boom.

Quixosis. Photo by Jungla

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Underground experiments with reggaeton flourished.

Tomasa del Real. Photo by Itzel Alejandra Martinez for Remezcla

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South American trap artists hustled hard.

Lay. Photo by Vinicius Cavalcanti

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