Latin Roots: Boogaloo With Joe Bataan : World Cafe Bataan's many boogaloo hits in the 1960s included "Gypsy Woman." Hear a live set recorded at Philadelphia's Prince Theater.
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Latin Roots: Joe Bataan

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Latin Roots: Boogaloo With Joe Bataan

Latin Roots: Boogaloo With Joe Bataan

Latin Roots: Joe Bataan

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Set List

  • "Latin Strut"
  • "Sad Girl"
  • "Subway Joe"
  • "Gypsy Woman"

Joe Bataan was one of the major figures in the rise of boogaloo in New York City in the 1960s. As he tells it, boogaloo — a very danceable combination of R&B and Latin grooves, with lyrics in English — saved Latin music, which Bataan says was in decline in New York.

Bataan, whose many boogaloo hits included "Gypsy Woman," is one of the artists featured in a new documentary called We Like It Like That. Hear him and his 12-piece band perform live at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia.

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