Joe Bataan - BiographyArtists don't come with more credentials than Joe Bataan, who anticipated the disco movement with his ‘latin soul’ sound, had one of the first ever charting rap records (in 1979!) and who’s ‘Salsoul’ album gave the seminal disco label it’s name.

In fact Bataan’s cover of Gil Scott Heron’s ‘The Bottle’ is now considered one of disco’s earliest hits, putting this effervescent performer ahead of the curve on the two most important musical genres to have emerged out of New York City.

Growing up in Spanish Harlem, Bataan ran with Puerto Rican gangs before he turned his attention to music. A self-taught pianist, his first record ‘Gypsy Woman’ was a Fania hit on the New York Latin market, despite the fact that Bataan sang the lyrics in English.

He continued to break down barriers by fusing Afro-Cuban, Brazillian and Orchestral Funk on his Afrofillipino and Salsoul LPs. Widely hailed as the inventor of the Latin Soul genre, Bataan can no doubt also be considered one of the originators of Disco itself.


Joe Bataan

youtube bhh channel

Selected Articles:

S.A.S. Present Their New Mixtape Where Is S.A.S?
S.A.S. Present Their New Mixtape Where Is S.A.S?

The London Duo make solid comeback with new mixtape and talk on future plans. S.A.S. are back and th [ ... ]

K.O. And OD Hunte - Back To The Hip Hop EP [Southe...
K.O. And OD Hunte - Back To The Hip Hop EP [Southern Cuba]

Back To The Hip Hop’ is a 4 track EP by K.O. and OD Hunte. Of the 4 tracks only one is  [ ... ]

Conscious Route - Real World LP [You Sonix]
Conscious Route - Real World LP [You Sonix]

Conscious Route is a London born rapper, poet and singer-songwriter who grew up in Herfordshire near [ ... ]

Universol - Concrete Music CD [Radio Wreck]
Universol - Concrete Music CD [Radio Wreck]

Universol's latest CD is entitled "Concrete Music", possibly because the tracks consis [ ... ]

Paulie Rhyme And Deedot release Public Radio on Br...
Paulie Rhyme And Deedot release Public Radio on Browntown Wreckords

Bay Area based label, Browntown Wreckords, delivers its latest release, a collaborative project betw [ ... ]

Ads

Syndicate

  • Subscribe in a reader
  • Subscribe to britishhiphop by Email