Batala Performance and Workshop
Batala Performance and Workshop
Watch an energizing performance and join a short drumming workshop by Batala, an all-women Afro-Brazilian band, and learn the basics of Batala’s samba-reggae percussion style born out of Brazil’s Black pride movement.
The Africa Center online
April 23, 2021 | 5:00 pm
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Performance details

Percussion ensemble

How to watch

Watch live on The Africa Center's YouTube channel or Facebook page.

Presented by

The Africa Center
New York, NY

About The Ensemble

Batalà is New York City’s only all-women Samba band, marching band, and drumline. Samba-reggae was born out of the Brazilian Black pride movement that took place in the city of Salvador de Bahia in the late 60s to early 70s, and it still carries tones of Afro-Brazilian identity and pride today. Bahia’s population has a large proportion of Black Brazilians who are of African descent. Afro-Brazilians played a major role in the early development of samba, which first took form in a Bahian style of dance and music called “samba de roda”, probably in the late 19th century.

Image: Batalà / photo by Darryl Justin Padilla