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Latin sounds, old and new, to be heard all over Philly

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
bbingaman@21st-centurymedia.com
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Philadelphia public radio station WXPN presents the free “Latin Roots Live!” concert series, featuring internationally-recognized Latin music artists.

A still image from the documentary "We Like It Like That."

A still image from the documentary “We Like It Like That.”

The next event on March 25 will be held at the Prince Theatre, 1412 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, and feature not only a performance by Latin soul innovator Joe Bataan, but also a screening of a documentary on Latin boogaloo music, “We Like It Like That.” The event includes a Q&A with the film’s director, Mathew Ramirez Warren, and NPR Music “Alt Latino” program co-host Felix Contreras.

What time?
Doors open at 7 p.m. and event starts at 8. RSVPs to attend can be made at http://xpn.org/latin-roots-live. Get a peek at the trailer at www.latinboogaloo.com.

So what’s boogaloo?
A happy mix of Spanish, English, R&B and Afro-Cuban rhythms and melodies. The sound emerged in the ‘60s from the South Bronx and Brooklyn. Signature songs of the style include “Bang Bang” by Joe Cuba and “I Like It Like That” by Pete Rodriguez.

What’s next?
On April 27, the series brings Chilean singer/songwriter Gepe to World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. On July 10, it’s the third annual Nuevofest, a multi-artist showcase at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. For updates, visit www.latinroots.org.

Joe Bataan, front left, appears in this still image from the documentary "We Like It Like That."

Joe Bataan, front left, appears in this still image from the documentary “We Like It Like That.”

Is this a new series?
For the second consecutive year, “Latin Roots Live!” presents free music events inspired by “Latin Roots,” the bi-weekly radio series on NPR’s “World Cafe,” which is produced by WXPN and hosted by David Dye. “Latin Roots Live!” is produced in partnership with AfroTaino Productions. Stop by www.npr.org/sections/altlatino.

What’s Latin music got to do with XPN?
The station’s general manager, Roger LaMay said, in a press release: “WXPN is committed to building audiences for new and diverse music with a multi-platform approach. We aim to reach a wider audience with Latin Roots on radio, video, online and with live performances. These artists deserve to be heard in Philadelphia and across the country.”

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