El Africano – Calixto Ochoa & Anima

I thought I’d take it back to the early 80’s with El Africano.

The song, however, deals with somewhat complex issues, as is pointed out below.

“The classic merengue tune is about a “rabioso” (angry, literally “rabid”) black man uncovering the innocent girl who has little experience with “lo que quiere el negro” (what the black man wants). On one level it is a festive party anthem, but on another it pretty clearly perpetuates certain alarmist attitudes towards Black sexuality.” – Planet Grenada (more on the different versions of the song here)

Most people know the song from the updated version by Pitbull, called The Anthem.


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