Batala Liverpool is part of a world-wide network of bands
playing Brazilian Samba Reggae rhythms. Founded in Paris by Giba Goncalves in 1997,
Batala first crossed the Channel in 2001 when the first UK Batala
band was created in Portsmouth. Batala Liverpool, formed in 2005 by
and Stephen Murray, is one of many Batala bands across the globe
playing samba-reggae rhythms that were inspired from the music's
homeland of Bahia in north-eastern Brazil.
As part of a group of sister bands which can work together as
one, we can bring together over 200 drummers from Batala bands
across the UK, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, USA and Africa.
Costumes and drums are made in Salvador at Instituto Oya and Fabrica Batala under a fair
trade agreement. During the Brazil Carnival, members visit the
suppliers as well as taking part in social and educational
activities with local children experiencing the culture that gave
birth to the music we love.
In the north-west we have played at several local community
celebrations and sporting events and in Liverpool we have performed
live for BBC Children in Need, Granada News and on BBC Radio
Batala Liverpool was the first ever band to play at the Echo Arena
and have since returned to support the Rhys Jones fund raising event and the UK Corporate
Games. In and around the Albert Docks, we have performed for
the MOBO after-party and for the Maritime & Slavery
Our main performances have included:
- Royal Variety Performance with the SUGABABES, London
- Brouhaha International Street Carnival, Liverpool
- Toyota car launch, Exel, London
- Didier Drogba Foundation Charity Ball, London
- World Rally Championship, Cardiff
- England vs Wales, Wembley Stadium
- Manchester United vs Chelsea, Wembley Stadium
- Notting Hill Carnival, London
- The Lord Mayor's Parade, Liverpool
- Liverpool's 800th Birthday
- Brazilica Carnival, Liverpool
- Women's FA Cup Finals, Nottingham
- IRB Rugby Sevens, Twickenham
- Magner's Rugby Union Grand Final, Dublin
- The Santa Dash 5K Run, Liverpool
- Girl Guides 100th anniversary celebration, Chatsworth
- "O Mundo Numa Cidade" Festival, Portugal
- International Youth Congress, Turkey
What people say
From Christine Chellew, organiser of Liverpool Marathon: "So
extremely happy and proud to have been an event partner for the
Liverpool marathon. The feedback has been fantastic and Im so
delighted the location change for Batala was so empowering for the
runners. Delighted it had the impact I had hoped for. Thanks you
Batala, you lots are an inspiration!!!"
"You guys were amazing at the marathon yesterday. Your music
pulled me along the tunnel and when I came out and saw you all I
burst into tears (in a good way)!"
"Thank you so much for your performance."
"Ran Liverpool marathon yesterday and just wanted to say it was
great to hear Batala coming out of the tunnel. My brother David
Howells, who was there with his family, said that you never stopped
playing and encouraging people. Thanks for your support."
"Saw you today 14/05/11 in Liverpool One and you made me so
proud of our city!!! You where all truely amazing! Thank all the
drummer for a fantastic display of talent and entertainment."
"I thought you were incredible today in Liverpool One. Well done
everyone, it was so refreshing to see all the diffrent age groups
and you all looked like you were having great fun, well done
"Hi! You are FANTASTIC!!!! I've seen you yesterday in the L'pool
city centre, thanks!!! :) :) :)"
"I just wanted to send a massive thank you to Batala for
appearing at our carnival. You all really joined in with the spirit
of the occasion and always looked like you were having so much fun.
The sound was fantastic and we have had nothing but praise for you
I really enjoyed the day and thank you for being such a great part