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Founded in 2012, BatalaNYC is an all-women's Afro-Brazilian samba reggae drumming band. We play music that is commonly heard on the streets of Salvador de Bahia in northeast Brazil. We are a community band with a mission to teach any woman regardless of musical experience to play the powerful rhythms of samba reggae, thereby encouraging self-expression and confidence. We thrive on exposing a wider audience to this alluring music and on engaging as many people as possible in the culture of northeast Brazil.

BatalaNYC is part of a larger (coed) global arts education project and family of drumming bands called Batala, which was founded in Paris in 1997 by Giba Goncalves.


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