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25 Mar

‘We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo’ @ Hostos, May 8+9, 2015

We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo’ Sneak Preview + Panel Discussion @ Repertory Theater, Hostos Arts Center Friday May 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

In partnership with City Lore, Hostos Center presents an evening devoted to understanding Boogaloo, its origins, rise and fall, including a sneak preview of selected scenes from the forthcoming feature-length documentary, We Like it Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo, with filmmaker Mathew Ramirez Warren, and guest panelists, moderated by the noted folklorist and Latin music historian, Elena Martínez.

kent gomez my ghetto“The new documentary by New York-bred filmmaker Mathew Ramirez Warren  titled We Like it Like That takes a look back at the original urban Puerto Rican sound: bugalú. Coming off the heels of the mambo generation in the early 60s, boogaloo was like a Nuyorican punk rock, where kids from the New York barrios created a sound that reflected their melting pot reality. It was Latin, it was African-American, it was mambo con soul, and their parents hated it.

Now, in the wake of renewed interest in the genre, Ramirez Warren sat down with some of the most illustrious musicians of that great, but often forgotten generation, including Richie Ray, Jimmie Sabater and Afro-Filipino bad boy, Joe Bataan.

We get a pretty good idea of the story Ramirez Warren has set out to tell: bugalú was the controversial voice of a new generation, despised by its mambo forebears and stamped out by the record companies, but not after a few glorious, chart-topping years that even saw Tito Puente begrudgingly banging out a 1-2 backbeat.” —  Andrew S. Vargas Remezcla

Also as part of Boogaloo Weekend, Boogaloo Legends Concert & Dance on Saturday May 9th, 2015, 7:30pm in the Main Theatre @ Hostos Arts Center

(STUDENTS AND UNDER 18 $15, $10)
(718) 518-4455

Three New York Boogaloo legends Joe Bataan (“Ordinary Guy”), Johnny Colón (“Boogaloo Blues”) and Pete Rodríquez (“I Like it Like That”), join the Boogaloo Revue Orchestra, under the direction of Richie Gonzalez, for a very special evening of Boogaloo classics which opens with a tribute to the Joe Cuba Sextet featuring favorites like “Bang Bang” and more. Noted broadcaster Felipe Luciano is Master of Ceremonies. Plenty of surprises await. Following the concert, a D.J. spins all the Boogaloo hits in the Hostos Café for your dancing pleasure.

Hostos Community College 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY [Directions]

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