In May of this year, Red Bull Music Festival New York presented Hasta Abajo (“Get Down”), a high-voltage tribute event to the past and present of Reggaeton featuring performances by The Noise and Reggaetón royalty Ivy Queen. Today, Red Bull Music has released Hasta Abajo, the companion mini-documentary exploring the genre’s relationship to female sexual agency, directed by Jazmin Garcia.
Hasta Abajo is centered around the influence of Reggaetón trailblazer Ivy Queen, whose appearance on the scene ushered in an unexpected feminist movement. Young artists and influencers such as Yaya Mala, and DJ’s Riobamba and Rosa Pistola, who both performed at the Red Bull Music Festival New York event, examine her significance.
“With Ivy Queen’s arrival, one of the most genre-defying troupes of the Island would gain notoriety at a massive scale for its brazen lyrics in balanced opposition. On the yang side, the men’s unflinching flows were vulgar and hedonistic,” said Rolling Stone.” “Ivy Queen represented the yin through her messages of female empowerment. In 2003’s “Quiero Bailar” she asserts: ‘Yo te digo si tu me puedes provocar/Eso no quiere decir que pa’ la cama voy’ (‘I’m telling you if you can seduce me / But that doesn’t mean I’m off to bed with you’).” Ivy Queen told the magazine, “‘My flow has always been defined by women’s rights. The first thing to come out of my mouth was to give respect to the ladies. I want women to identify when they hear me. When I entered urban music to sing reggaeton, lots of the lyrics denigrated women.'”
Click here to watch Hasta Abajo. To see photos from the Red Bull Music Festival New York event, visit the Red Bull Content Pool here.