BatalaNYC is an all-women’s AfroBrazilian Samba Reggae drumming band. There are many Batala Bands around the world, but few are all women.
We’ve had the honor of sharing the bill with such well known artists as: Reggie Watts, Cyndi Lauper, and The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour-we opened for them! We’ve also performed at the NYC Figment Festival, The World Maker Faire, The Museum Mile Festival, The Mermaid Parade, Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Center, Rubulad, HONK NYC! and MANY others!
The music of Batala originates in Salvador de Bahia, in North Eastern Brazil. The international Batalá family owes its existence to Giba Gonçalves, a drummer and composer from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. In Brazil, he was one of the founders of Cortejo Afro, an arts education project to help underserved young people living in poor communities. When he moved to Paris in 1997, he started up Batalá in Paris as the European wing of the project. Batala has since spread to over 30 international cities!
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Rehearsing and playing with BatalaNYC is free to all members, but women who wish to join must pay a $100 fee for a starter kit-you get a shirt, a CD, a set of sticks, and a drum belt. We provide you with the drums, but you have to keep the drum with you-bring it back and forth to rehearsals!