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Pablo Batista Premieres New Single "Watermelon Man"

Updated: Mar 24

The new track drops tonight at 9pm EST on Bomba Live and YouTube

Pablo Batista [Matt Bishop]

(Philadelphia, PA) - Master percussionist Pablo Batista will premier his new single “Watermelon Man” tonight at 9pm EST. The track will stream on Bomba Live as well as Pablo’s official Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Batista, a long-time Latin Percussion® endorsee and clinician, is in the process of mixing a brand new studio album.


Stream “Watermelon Man” tonight HERE.

The son of Puerto Rican immigrants, Pablo Batista grew up in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. He began studying Latin percussion when he was 9 years old. Starting with hand drums under the tutelage of master percussionist Miguel Candia, he went on to absorb popular Afro-Caribbean music styles, and developed a special interest in salsa.


His education-oriented upbringing brought him to Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a pre-law student in 1981. There, he recorded a demo of folkloric percussion music, which came to the attention of Grover Washington Jr. At that time, Grover Washington Jr was serving as producer for R&B star Jean Carne, and he invited Pablo into the studio to work professionally as a percussionist for the first time. The record, “Closer Than Close,” became a huge success.


Throughout his career, Pablo has performed with the likes of Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Franklin, Jill Scott, Teddy Pendergrass, and many more.


PRESS PHOTOS: Pablo Batista Performing Live


CONTACT: Matt Bishop renegade.prfirm@gmail.com 610-653-2627

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