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WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! series brings the story of Latin Boogaloo music to Philadelphia with documentary We Like It Like That and live performance by “King of Latin Soul” Joe Bataan Friday, March 25 at Prince Theater

● Free event also includes a Q&A with film’s director and NPR Music’s Alt.Latino co-host ● More Latin Roots Live! events are scheduled for April and July

PHILADELPHIA (MARCH 2, 2016): Philadelphia public radio station WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! concert series will present the Philadelphia premiere of the award-winning music documentary We Like It Like That, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Mathew Ramirez Warren, and Felix Contreras, co-host of NPR Music's Alt.Latino program. This special evening, produced in partnership with the Philadelphia Film Society and AfroTaino Productions, will culminate in a live performance by the “King of Latin Soul” Joe Bataan, who is prominently featured in the film. Doors open at 7 pm and event will start at 8 pm Friday, March 25 at the Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Admission is free, and RSVPs to attend can be made at

We Like It Like That tells the story of Latin boogaloo - “a bilingual mixture of R&B and Afro-Cuban rhythms and melodies” - that emerged from the South Bronx and Brooklyn boroughs of New York City during the 1960s. The film features original interviews, recordings, and archival footage of artists who created and popularized the genre. Vocalist Joe Bataan, who will perform following the film screening and Q&A session, became known for melding energetic Latin rhythms with African-American doo wop and soul ballads.

For the second consecutive year, WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! presents free music events inspired by Latin Roots, the bi-weekly radio series on NPR’s popular music program World Cafe®, which is produced by WXPN, hosted by David Dye, and made possible by the Wyncote Foundation. The Latin Roots Live! concert series is produced in partnership with AfroTaino Productions and made possible by the William Penn Foundation.

WXPN General Manager Roger LaMay said, “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.”

Both the Latin Roots radio series and the Latin Roots Live! events series explore the vast variety of music from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries and people - from cumbia, mambo and son to Latin rock, reggaeton, and more. In January, a Latin Roots Live! free concert featuring two of today’s most acclaimed new Latin music groups, Monsieur Perine and Buyepongo, was presented at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. On Weds., April 27, the series will present Chilean singer-songwriter Gepe in concert at World Cafe Live. On Sun., July 10, WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! series will again co-present NUEVOFEST, a multi-artist showcase at Fringe Arts in Philadelphia. For more information about these events and Latin Roots Live!, visit

The March 25 film screening is also supported by community partners BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), and the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (PHLAFF).

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