Local | Joe Bataan & Setenta at Nalen May 14

By on May 12, 2016

No artist has more impeccable streetcredd than Joe Bataan, the originator of the New York Latin Soul style! His musical career began with doo wop on the street corners in the 1950s, and came to comprise one of the first rap songs that went into the charts, 1979‘s “Rap-O Clap-O.” Between these milestones, he recorded the classic album Saint Latin’s Day Massacre, a favorite on the salsa market, SALSOUL, who gave the label its name and contributed to an explosion of urban dance music and Afrofilipino with one of the earliest New York disco hits, an instrumental version of Gil Scott-Heron “The Bottle.

Joe Bataan was born Bataan Nitollano with philippine father and African-American mother. He grew up in Spanish Harlem where he for a short time led The Dragons, a local Puerto Rican street gang, before being sent to the Coxsackie Correctional Facility for stealing a car. Upon his release in 1965 he put his energy into music and formed his first band, Joe Bataan & The Latin Swingers. Bataan affected by two musical styles: Latin boogaloo and African American doo wop. Although the Bataan was not the first or only artist who combined doo wop vocals with Latin rhythms, his talent attracted the attention of legendary Fania Records.
Disagreements with Fania Records eventually led to that Bataan left the company. In 1973 he participated in the coin of the phrase “SALSOUL”, which also gave name to his first post-Fania albums. Along with Cayre brothers Kenneth, Stanley, and Joseph, he co-founded SALSOUL labeln. He recorded three albums for SALSOUL and several singles, including “Rap-O Clap-O” from 1979, which was an early hip hop hit. After his album, Bataan II (1981) he took a break from music to spend more time with his family and began working as a youth counselor in one of the educational institutions he had spent time in as a teenager. 2005 broke Bataan a long pause with the launch of Call My Name, a well-received albums for Spain VAMPISOUL label.
2006 included Joe Bataans song “Subway Joe” in the video game Driver Parallel Lines soundtrack, and in early 2009, he along with artists such as Nas, Jay-Z, Ghostface, Notorious BIG, Laurence Fishburne, Samuel L. Jackson in Kenzo Digital produced experimentalsound film” City of God’s Son.

Joe Bataan has put his imprint on popular culture through their realistic Latin-soul lyrics, his identification as a “regular guy” and his highly personal fusion of Latin and soul influences.

During the evening:

DJ Nathan Hamelberg take you to the Spanish Harlem á 1970 with Mambo, Boogaloo, Soul and Rhythm & Blues and Salsa until closing stands team Skaram for!

Doors: 20-02
Showtime: 22:00

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