Friday, June 4, 2010

Joe Bataan marches around the world

Joe Bataan starts his march around the world in Santa Ana

Last Sunday, internationally-known Latin Soul artist Joe Bataan kicked off his international tour in Santa Ana, California. Joe will be bringing the Harlem heat to Japan and Europe. The Afro-Filipino is still going on super strong and shows no sign of slowing down. Peep his first hit, "Gypsy Woman," performed in the above youtube clip I shot in the Santa Ana show. "Gypsy Woman" (a remake of The Impressions song) became a huge hit in 1967 and jump-started his career as the "King of Latin Soul."
The audience packed the house at the Galaxy Theatre. The unique thing about Joe is that he attracts such a diverse audience. From Filipinos who are just discovering this brutha, to the low-riding Chicanos in Los Angeles who dominated the Galaxy Theater, to Soul music connoisseurs of all kinds, Joe is being re-discovered by a whole new generation of music lovers who appreciate the music of the 60s and 70s, while he continues to magnetize a loyal following of fans dating back to his generation.

Geeky hip hop heads will know Joe as arguably the first artist to press a rap record, the infamous "Rap-O-Clap-O" song, which made it big in Europe and Latin America, but never that popular in the United States. Check out the sexiness:

The Fil Am funk travels across generations and throughout the globe! We're proud of and excited for Joe as he shares his gift of music with the world. Come to the Philippines soon, Joe!


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