Mr. Peabody, is a New Generation Nuyorican Poet, African Diaspora Scholar and Virtual Dj. His mixes can be heard on his official website.

Official Mighty Centaur Sound Website:

Sat 25 Oct 08 @ 2:33 pm

The Mighty Centaur Portable Sound System

Denon S1200's
Audio Innovate AEM100i Mixer
Odyssey ATT Portable Table
Behringer Eurolive B215 Secondary Speakers
Technics RP-DH1200
Audio 8 Dj Soundcard
HP Pavilion DV6258se
Rode M3 Microphone with Stand and Portable Case (Not Shown)
B52 Matrix Speakers (Not shown)
Odyssey CD and Laptop Case (Not Shown)

Most of my rig was purchased through AgiProdj.

I highly recommend them for your Dj needs. Tell them VDJ Batibiri sent you!

Sat 24 Sep 05 @ 7:39 am


Here is the tentative flyer for the upcoming Disco Sessions on October 29th, 2005. The names have not been confirmed. Many VDJ's are already signing up in the radio schedule board for Virtual Dj radio. You must go there to sign up then post a message in the Second Sessions Radio forum letting me know that you are confirming. If you speak french, please translate this information to your VDJ Radio Bro's. Well, its a month away but please feel free to distribute this flyer to your peoples so that we have an excellent day of historic and new Disco grooves.

Tu Amigo,
VDJ Batibiri
Special Sessions Organizer, Member of Voltron

Mon 22 Aug 05 @ 4:53 am

Yeah, that's right, we took a turn down a different road to bring you some old school Hip-Hop grooves. Not my usual Latin Jazz and House, but the night was very chill with some classics. Hope you enjoyed.

The Old School Hip-Hop Lovers Set
Sunday, August 21, 2004

Free Yourself - Batibiri Virtual Dj Intro
Climb -Mos Def / Vinia Mojica
Passing Me By -The Pharcyde
The Bridge Is Over -KRS-One
MC's Act Like They Don't Know -KRS-One
Shook Ones II -Mobb Deep
I Don't Know -Slum Village
K. O. S. (Determination) -Black Star
Bonita Applebum -A Tribe Called Quest
Pa' Que Se Lo Gozen -Teo Calderon
Players -Slum Village
My Philosophy -KRS-One
Step into a World -KRS-One
Sound of da Police -KRS-One
Love's Gonna Get'cha -KRS-One
Black Cop -KRS-One
Breakadawn -De La Soul
Friends -Whodini
We Live In Brooklyn Baby -Roy Ayers
Hold On -En Vogue
Make'em Clap To This -Eric B & Rakim
Off The Books -Beatnuts feat. Big Pun
Paid In Full -Eric B. & Rakim
Challa Breaks -Panjabi MC
Puerto Rico Instrumental -Frankie Cutlass
Who Got da Props? -Black Moon

Mon 01 Aug 05 @ 11:27 pm

The Tropicana Summer Session - Part Uno
Latinos Take Over The Airwaves Set

Go Back Into Time -Troglodyte Beginning
Lolly, Get Your House Verbs Here (Short Version) -School House Rocks
A Deeper Love (Deep Soulful Vocal Mix) -C&C Music Factory
Ride On The Rhythm (MAW Dub) -Marc Anthony
Boriqua Posse -Rare Arts
Planet E (House mix) -KC Flight
Work It To The Bone -LNR
You Used To Hold Me -Ralph Rasario feat. Xaviera Gold
Din Daa Daa -George Kranz
The Breeze (The Fua Mix) -Two Without Hats
Got Me Up Vocals -Dajae
Bango (Remix) -Todd Terry
Fallen Angel -Coro
Give It Up -Goodmen
Stupidisco -Junior Jack
Bulo (Afro Mix) -Copyright feat Shovell
Deep Inside (Barbara Tucker Remix) -Masters at Work
Tom's Diner (White Label Club Mix) -DNA feat. Suzanne Vega
El Trago (The Drink) -2 In A Room
Que Bonita Bandera -Two Without Hats
Tumba La Casa -Fulanito
The Ha Dance -Masters At Work
Robi Rob's Boriqua Anthem -C&C Music Factory

Mon 18 Jul 05 @ 6:00 pm

Virtual Dj's,
Here is the flyer for the upcoming Virtual Dj Radio Theme Day - Tropicana Summer Sessions on July 30th, 2005. The names listed are the VDJ's who will be spinning on this day. Any questions, holler at me. This promises to be a great day of music, fun, and historic grooves!!! Thanks to all the radio teamers and guest VDJ's who volunteered to make this happen!
VDJ Batibiri

Sun 03 Jul 05 @ 6:21 pm

The Luther Vandross Tribute Mix
Remembering the Legend
Sunday July 3rd, 2005 Morning Show

Water No Get Enemy -Fela
A House Is Not A Home -Luther Vandross
Fantasy -Earth, Wind & Fire
Inner City Blues -Marvin Gaye
Lovely Day -Bill Withers
Since I Lost My Baby -Luther Vandross
So Amazing -Luther Vandross
Superstar -Luther Vandross
Never Too Much -Luther Vandross
Never Dreamed You'd Leave -Stevie Wonder
Giving Up -Donny Hathaway
If This World Were Mine -Luther Vandross
A Change Is Gonna Come -Sam Cooke
Wait for Love -Luther Vandross
God Is Trying To Tell Us -Celie (Color Purple Version)
I Keep Forgettin' -Michael McDonald
What's Going On -Marvin Gaye
Slave Song -Sade

Sun 03 Jul 05 @ 6:20 pm

El Show De Los Luchadores
Friday July 1st, 2005 Show

Ti Mon Bo -Tito Puente
Ay Qué Rico II -Eddie Palmieri
Soul Salsa Soul -St. Germain
El Señor Sid -Bobby Paunetto
Get Out of My Way -Torres, Joe
Horsin' Up -Orchestra Harlow
Chitterlings -Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
Bien Sabroso -Poncho Sanchez
El Malecon -Larry Harlow
Chico and the Man -José Feliciano
Ese Hombre -India
Te Conozco Bien -Marc Anthony
Mi Libertad -Frankie Ruiz
Calle Luna, Calle Sol -Hector Lavoe
Cortijo y su combo -Sola Valla
Berimbau -Mandrake
Deus Brasiliero [Live] -Perry Ribeiro
Brazilian Sugar -Los Hombres Calientes
My Favorite Things -Aquabella, Francisco
Tight up Skirt -Red Rat
Big Phat Fish -Machel Montano

Thu 30 Jun 05 @ 5:50 pm

Yeah people, that's right, one of the first ever "Quiet Storm" mixes on Virtual Dj radio. Music for the lovers and the chilled in you.

Wednesday Late Night June 29th Show

Private Sunshine -St Germaine
I'd Rather Be With You -Bootsy Collins
All Cried Out -Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
Yes, You -Bobby McFerrin
Baby Can I Hold You -Tracy Chapman
On The Couch -Prince
Superstar -Luther Vandross
April in Paris -Kurt Elling
Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer -Stevie Wonder
A Little Deeper -Ms. Dynamite.
Makeda -Les Nubians
It's a Man's Man's Man's World -James Brown
A Change is Going to Come -Sam Cooke
Summertime -Janis Joplin
Ain't No Mountain High Enough -Marvin Gaye / Tammi Terrell
Tell Me More and More and Then Some -Nina Simone
Lovesong -The Cure

Thu 30 Jun 05 @ 5:46 pm

Wednesday June 29th Show

El Torso [Can 7 Fruitcake Mix] -Torso
Rise 'In [Original Vocal Mix] -Steve Lawler
Touch Me --Cassandra / Da Silva, Rui
La Pasion de Gozar [Original Mix] Hardsoul
Carajillo -Trubo Trio
The Flying Song [PQM's Amped up Pass Mix] -Cica / PQM
Dangerous Vibes [Dangerous Jazz] -Ferry Ultra / Roy Ayers
Sea Birds -Hexagone
Good Life -St Germaine
Cried Me a River [Diesel's 5am Remix] -Jersey St
Cruisin' -Can 7
Sincere [Naked Music Remix] -Mj Cole
Fired Up [Club 69's Future Mix] -Funky Green Dogs
You Are Love [Jay's Afrotonic Vocal] -Lovetronic
Music & Wine [Original Funkaphonic Vocal] -Blue Six
Always [Original 12" Mix] -Lisa Shaw
No More Excuses [Vocal Mix] -Atlantis / Nsombi, Naomi
Dis Poem 99 -Mutabaruka

Thu 30 Jun 05 @ 5:45 pm

Friday June 24, 2005 Show

My Mama Said -St. Germain
The Black Man -St. Germain
Jack on the Groove -St. Germain
Work That Body -Taana Gardner
How Do You Plead? -St. Germain
Let No Man Put Asunder -First Choice
Follow Me [Club Mix] -Aly-us
Lift Every Voice (Take Me Away) -Mass Order
Don't Fall in Love Byron Stingily
Yes He Is -Track and Feel Events
Nite Life -Kim English
Don't Worry About Me -Titus
Life Goes On [Dance Ritual Mix] -Arnold Jarvis and Little Louie Vega
Changin' [Blaze Shelter Mix] -Linda Clifford
Sea Birds -Hexagone
Milano Bossa -Aqua Bassino
Jacob's Ladder [Nu Yorican Dub] -Incognito
Givin' It Up -Incognito with Roger Sanchez
Do U Luv Me -Lil' Louis & the World
Soul Vibe -Miguel Migs
When It Rains [Restless Soul Mix] -Jeymes Samuel
Poor Leno -Röyksopp
Starlight in Daden -Da Lata Aurora
Wishing on a Star [Urban Shakedown Mix] -88.3
Stars [Tauriva Mix] -Jiva
Feelin Me Feelin You -Loretta Heywood / Waiwan
Tree of Life -Osunlade
My Organ -Roger Sanchez
Voices in My Mind -India, Barbara Tucker, Michael Watford
Lean on Me -James Ingram / Masters at Work
Latin Lover -Masters at Work / Stephanie Mills
Sweet Tears -Nuyorican Soul
Ain't no mountain high enough -Inner Life feat. Jocelyn Brown

Thu 30 Jun 05 @ 5:43 pm

June 24th Show

Esto No Lleva Batá -Los Papines
Mon-Ti -Tito Puente
Afro-Blue -Mongo Santamaria
Agua Que Va a Caer -Ismael Rivera
So What -Joe Cuba
Undress My Mind -Ocho
Baila Me -Gipsy Kings
Bamboleo -Gipsy Kings
Medley: Bamboleo -Gipsy Kings
Se Le VE -Batacumbele
Brand New Love -Snowboy
Compa Galletano -Puntillay Y Nueva Generacion
Seis Corrido Medley -Grupo Afro Boricua
Africa -Silvestre Mendez
El Señor Sid -Bobby Paunetto
Chitterlings Con Carne -Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers

Thu 30 Jun 05 @ 5:42 pm

Sunday, June 19th Show

Believe -Deep South
Tried So Hard -Bobby Pruit
Dumbwayo [Medicine Man Mix] -The Potion
No Regrets -Akema
Rushing [Mood II Swing Dub] -Loni Clark
Main Vibe -The Messenger
The Mental Track -Shock Wave Encore
Jumpin -Todd Terry
French Kiss [Original Mix] -Lil' Louis
Go Bang [#5 Francois K. Mix] -Dinosaur L
Is It All Over My Face -Loose Joints
Club Lonely -Lil' Louis & the World
In de Ghetto -David Morales
Sume Sigh Say -House of Gypsies
Elements of Life -DJ Deep
Father [The Remixes] -DJ Deep
That's the Way Love Is -Ten City
My Peace of Heaven [Demo Mix] -Ten City
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) -Byron Stingily
Testify -Byron Stingily
It's Yours [Tiefschwarz Remix] -E-Man / Jon Cutler
Our Time Is Coming -Masters at Work / Roy Ayers
MAW Expensive -Masters at Work / Wunmi
So Flute -St Germain
Brand New Love -Snowboy
Quiet Nights [Original Mix] -Andy Caldwell / René, Gina
Elevator [MAW Mix] -Jaffa
Cascades of Colour -The Ananda Project
Barulhos [LTJ X-perience Remix] -LTJ X-Perience Remix
Always There -Incognito with Masters At Work
Elevation -Blaze
Sweet Tears -Nuyorican Soul
Você Gosta [Freezy Jam Remix] -Suba
You Can Do It (Baby) -Nuyorican Soul

Thu 30 Jun 05 @ 4:33 pm

Hey people, here is the second playlist for the show that we had on Friday June 24th, 2005. Hope you enjoyed!

Cavern -Liquid Liquid
White Lines -Grandmaster Flash / Melle Mel
Creator -Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Jam On It -Nucleus
Lowdown -Boz Scaggs
Brass Monkey -Beastie Boys
Know the Ledge -Rakim
Breaks, The -Kurtis Blow
She's Strange -Cameo
Walking Into Sunshine -Central Line
This Is It -Kenny Loggins
Slow Down -Loose Ends
I Can't Stand the Rain -Ann Peebles
Black and White -Three Dog Night
Under Pressure -David Bowie
Take Me Just As I Am -James Brown
Get Up, Get Into It -James Brown
"T" Plays It Cool -Marvin Gaye
How I Could Just Kill A Man -Cypress Hill
Who Got da Props? -Black Moon
Shook Ones Pt. II -Mobb Deepp
The Message -Cymande
Lovely Day -Bill Withers

Sat 18 Jun 05 @ 4:27 am

Here is the eclectic mix for the Bboys and Bluesmen radio show. We tried to make it funky as possible with classics and samples. Cuidate!

I Am African American - School Daze Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud), Pt. 1 - James Brown
Bra - Cymande
It's Just Begun - The Jimmy Castor Bunch
Expansions - Lonnie Liston Smith
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Set It Off [Extended Vocal Mix] - Strafe
I.O.U. [Extended 12" Version] - Freeeze
The Bottle [Original Mix] - Gil Scott-Heron
Mannish Boy - muddy waters
Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
Black is The Color Of My True Love's Hair - Nina Simone
Flowers - Dudley Perkins
Stepping into Tomorrow - Madlib
Oscar Brown, Jr. - Brother Where Are You?
Cavern - Liquid Liquid
Creator [EP Mix - Vocal] - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Know the Ledge - Rakim
Ain't no mountain high enough - Inner Life featuring Jocelyn Brown

Sat 18 Jun 05 @ 4:25 am

Okay folks. Here is the playlist from Friday night's show. Hope you enjoyed and tune in next time. Pa'lante!

Let's Work It Out - Chemical Brothers
Ya'll Suppose To Be My Boys - School Daze
So What/Impressions - Bobby Matos Afro-Cuban Ensemble
Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca
A Rojas Night In Tunisia - Bonafide Rojas
La Fama - Hector Lavoe
Asi es la Mujer - Victor Manuelle
Berimbau - Mandrake
Alafia - Poncho Sanchez
Deus Brasiliero [Live] - Perry Ribeiro
Mambo of the Times - Joe Cuba & His Sextette
Rhythmic - Gipsy Kings
Morning - Poncho Sanchez
Djobi Djoba - Gipsy Kings
Vamonos Pal Monte - Eddie Palmieri
Si Si, No No - Machito & His Afro-Cubans
Yo No Soy Guapo - Eddie Palmieri
Ican - Tony Martinez & His Sextet
Magalenha - Sergio Mendes
The Nervous Track - [Horny Mix]
Backfired - La India
Been A long Time - The Fog

Sun 12 Jun 05 @ 2:32 am

Batíbiri, Batíbiri! Code Words for a Budding Community

Image It was '26, '27, something like that. Puerto Ricans weren't received well in New York at all. So we organized and didn't walk alone. "Batíbiri, batíbiri" emerged from that movement, because we walked in groups.

You needed help? Well, you'd call out those words: "¡Batíbiri, batíbiri!," and someone else would call out your name. Right there, right away, we knew each other. You knew you weren't alone. It was something we used to defend ourselves. I didn't have to know you. We didn't have to know each other.

Only we knew those words and what they meant. It was an association, an informal association of Puerto Ricans. And it was social. We'd have meetings to introduce new members, to tell them the word. It was a secret word among Puerto Ricans. You had to be Puerto Rican. No other Hispanics were part of that movement. There were members in Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, and in Staten Island. There were members everywhere and we didn't know each other.

If I went to a neighborhood where I didn't know anyone, I'd stand on a corner and call out: '¡Batíbiri, batíbiri!' Sometimes I didn't get an answer because no one was around. I'd go to another corner, somewhere else, and call out: '¡Batíbiri, batíbiri!' Someone would answer, '¡MY-nee-MO!' and we knew we weren't alone. When we arrived somewhere with a lot of people around and we didn't know anyone, well, that was the signal, '¡Batíbiri, batíbiri!' and '¡MY-nee-MO!' We felt we weren't alone.

I used it one time in Brooklyn. I was at a little party, what they called a bayú. A bayú was like 'a thing,' where all kinds of Latinos did business. They sold pasteles, chicharrones, homemade rum, they'd sell whatever there was to sell. You'd meet and eat pasteles and drink. There were lots of other things there, too. There were pianolas, which looked like pianos and played music rolls. You worked the pedals at the bottom with your feet. There was a guy there playing it. You had to throw him a nickel or a quarter for him to play.

I didn't argue with people and I didn't get into trouble, but in this place, I had a little argument with someone and found myself alone. I'd gone there with my friend, Ismael Núñez, but Ismael disappeared on me. He'd met a girl there or something, and they took off.

So, I had a little argument with this guy. Something happened and he said, "…Only a Puerto Rican would do that." And I confronted him. That's when things heated up. He had three or four of his paisanos with him and they surrounded me.

'I'm fried,' I said to myself. Suddenly, it came into my head and I yelled: "¡Batíbiri, batíbiri!" Loud!

“¡Batíbiri, batíbiri!" was the call for help, you know, for reinforcements. "MY-nee-MO" meant, "I'm here," or, "I'm with you." That's how we understood it.

So I heard this: "MY-nee-MO… MY-nee-MO… MY-nee-MO… MY-nee-MO." And there they were. Two stood on one side of me and two on the other. They asked,"What happened?"

I said, "Nothing happened. This guy had a misunderstanding with me."

And they said, "Well, he should correct the misunderstanding if he thinks it prudent. If he doesn't think it prudent, he should make his move."

You know what that meant. When the other Puerto Ricans there saw the four approach me, more Puerto Ricans approached me.

But nothing happened. Nothing came of it. The guy I had the disagreement with shook hands with me and we became friends, close friends. It was just a little tiff because they discriminated against Puerto Ricans.

Those were golden times… different times!

Those who laid a path for the Puerto Rican community in New York City were known as los pioneros. Francisco "Paco" Algarin was among these early icebreakers. Don Paco migrated from Puerto Rico to New York in 1925 and he made his life in the city before fulfilling his dream of returning to his beloved island some 50 years later. He died on July 11th, 1997 at the age of 93.

Paco Algarín was many things during his lifetime: butcher, merchant, farmer, boxer, adventurer, storyteller and fundamentally, at heart, a poet. His friends included famed Puerto Rican artists such as composer Rafael Hernández and poet Julia de Burgos. Until his final days, he kept reciting poetry and recounting tales of his youth, and always to the admiration of his son Frank Algarín, one of the founders of the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe.

This is from part of an oral history taken by Paco's son, Frank Algarín, where he recounts one innovative way in which pioneros organized so that they could survive safely in a new land.
By Santiago Nieves

Tue 07 Jun 05 @ 5:28 am

Okay folks, after some technical difficulties, we had a great first set thanks to the help of some great VDJ's. Props to Manixx and MaddSound. Props to Cel and Spooky.

Here is the Playlist for the set:

El Show De Los Luchadores:

It's Just Begun -The Jimmy Castor Bunch
Date With the Rain -Eddie Kendricks
Watusi Boogaloo -Willie Rosario
Omishango -Mongo Santamaria
Ay Que Rico -Eddie Palmieri
Cocinando Suave -Ray Barretto
Chitterlings Con Carne -Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers
Horsin' Up -Orchestra Harlow
A Gozar Timbero -Cachao Y Su Ritmo Caliente
Chango Moti Awa -Snowboy and the Latin Section
Se Formó El Bochinche -Arsenio Rodriguez
Acid -Ray Barretto
El Pito -Joe Cuba
Caravan -Snowboy
Free as the Morning Sun -Mr. Hermano
Lift Every Voice -Mass Order
French Kiss [Original Mix] -Lil' Louis
My Peace of Heaven [Demo Mix] -Ten City
That's the Way Love Is -Ten City
Elevation [Shelter Late Night Vocal] -Blaze
Latin Lover Masters at Work / Stephanie Mills
Givin' It Up [Roger Sanchez Uplifting Club Mix] -Incognito
Finally [Original Album Version] -Kings of Tomorrow / McKnight, Feel Up [Danny Tenaglia Remix] -Grace Jones
Relax and Mambo -Machito and his Afro-Cubanos
Pataquiriquambambaram -Joe Cuba
Al Parque Central -Eddie Bobe
Bang Bang -Joe Cuba
Rosalía -Juan Luis Guerra Y 4.40
Kolonial -Ruy Mingas
Ti Mon Bo -Tito Puente
Compa Galletano -Puntillay Y Nueva Generacion
Africa -Silvestre Mendez
Lamento Borincano -Libre
Ismael Rivera -Agua Que Va a Caer