Joe Bataan – Theme From Shaft [1972]

Yeah, we all know Isaac Hayes original but here Joe Bataan, on of the fathers of Salsoul inject some extra latin funk into the tune.

Taken from the 1972 album “St Latin’s Day Massacre”, a genre defining mix of Boogaloo / Doo-Wop fusion. Shut yo’ mouth!

From Wikipedia
Joe Bataan (also spelled Bataán) (born 1942[citation needed] in Spanish Harlem, New York City) is a Filipino-American Latin R&B musician from New York. He was born Bataan Nitollano and grew up in the 103rd and Lexington part of East Harlem where he briefly lead the Dragons, a local Puerto Rican street gang before being sent to the Coxsackie Correctional Facility to serve time for a stolen car charge. pon his release in 1965, he turned his attention to music and formed his first band, Joe Bataan and the Latin Swingers. Bataan was influenced by two musical styles: the Latin boogaloo and African American doo-wop.


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