Batalá New York is part of a global arts project made up of over 30 bands around the world. The music, instruments, and costumes of Batalá originate in Salvador da Bahia, in northeast Brazil. In New York, the Batalá band is made up of all women.
"Our performances are a high energy, percussive musical experience. You will see women playing drums of 5 different sizes, the largest weighing over 25 pounds."
"All of the tones we play together create rhythms heard throughout the African Diaspora and concentrated here in homage to traditional Afro-Brazilian music and spirituality. Together with the choreography, the music tells stories of unity, power, and joy.