WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! series brings the story of Latin Boogaloo music to Philadelphia for the local premiere showing of the documentary film We Like It Like That and a live performance by the “King of Latin Soul,” Joe Bataan on Friday March 25th at 8PM, at the Prince Theatre in Philadelphia.
There will also be a Q&A with the film’s director, Mathew Ramirez Warren, and NPR Music’s Alt Latino co-host Felix Contreras.
Bataan, who was born and grew up in Spanish Harlem, is known as the originator of a style of Latin soul – Latin boogaloo – that was prominent in the 60s, and was a combination of R&B and soul with samba, cha-cha-cha, and son montuno. Two early examples of Latin boogaloo songs that entered the mainstream included Mongo Santamaría’s cover Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man,” and Ray Barretto’s “El Watusi.” It was Bataan though who to this day carries the Latin boogaloo torch, with numerous recordings on the legendary New York city label, Fania Records.
The next Latin Roots Live! event will feature the award winning documentary, We Like It Like That, whose title is a play on the Pete Rodriguez boogaloo classic “I Like It Like That.” It features interviews with Bataan and other notable players in the Latin boogaloo scene and traces the music and culture and community formed around the music in New York City. After the film, there will be a Q&A followed by a live performance of Bataan and his band.
Doors open at 7PM, show starts at 8PM.