Batala Washington
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Batala Washington

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"Best of D.C. 2010: #1 "Best Local Band""

Readers Poll: Best Local Band
First: Batala - Washington City Paper 2010

"Our Town" - The Washington Post Magazine

"The Women of Batala Washington Keep the Beat Going"

- dcist

"Batala on MSNBC Nightly News" -

"Hot August Blues Festival - August 2008"

"Batala was a big hit at the 16th annual Hot August Blues. I hear as much about you guys as our main stage acts. You will be back next year for sure." - Brad Selko Director, Hot August Blues

"Best of D.C. 2009: "Best Local Band "(3rd)"

Batala Voted 3rd "Best Local Band" in Washington, DC - Washington City Paper 2009


- Batucando (Batala Paris, 2001)
- Xiree (2007)
- In studio for new CD on January 24, 2010.
We will record:
X (with new opener)
Numbers (0-1, 0-2, 1, 2, 6, 7)
Batala Hey
New Reggae



Batala is a samba-reggae band that plays rhythms typical of the northeastern region of Brazil. The heavily syncopated music is rooted in traditional African drumming, and is accented with a heavy dose of Brazilian samba.

Batala in Washington, DC is part of an international Batala family originated in Paris in 1997 by Giba Goncalves. From Paris, Batala spread to other cities in France, Belgium, Spain, Africa, the U.K., and Brazil. In 2007, Batala was born in Washington, DC. The DC Batala is one of two around the world comprised of only women. The group is diverse in nationalities and ranges from ages 21-60+. The mission is to empower women through drumming and expose people to Brazil's dynamic music and culture. Band proceeds go toward providing instruments and costumes to its members, all of whom are volunteers.

Batala began as the European wing of Cortejo AFro, an arts education project to help disadvantaged youth. The instruments and clothing are all manufactured in Salvador, Bahia, where the band has a social program providing jobs for many poor families.

Batala Washington was voted Best Local Band in DC's City Paper 2010, and third in 2009. Batala Washington is also on the DC Performing Artist Roster.

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