Batala Liverpool is part of a much bigger family of over 20
Batala bands worldwide (over 800 drummers in total), presenting a
unique opportunity to each of our members to travel and visit any
of our sister bands around the world.
Batala in Brazil
All the Batala bands meet every year in Salvador da Bahia,
Brazil for the world famous Brazilian Carnival festival. Batala has
a house next to the historic UNESCO World heritage site of Pelourinho, and that's where we stay while
rehearsing, visiting the sites and learning about the local
We also learn how and where our costumes and drums are made,
meet those involved in the production, and visit the social project
that is partly maintained by the fair trade agreement: Instituto Oya
All this culminates with us performing side-by-side with Cortejo
Afro, rising stars of the Bahian scene in North-eastern Brazil, at
the famous Brazilian Carnival festival during the 4-day
Batala Around The World
"Encontros" are annual gatherings held each year and hosted
by one of the Batala bands and Batala visitors from around the
world come together to play, learn new material, and experience
local culture. La Rochelle held the first ever Encontro in 2004 and
2005 followed by Liverpool in 2006, Brazil in 2008, Barmouth in
2009, Guadeloupe in 2010, Central Massif in 2011 and Paris in 2012.
This is just one way we can become part of the family, experience
the music, learn from each other and of course travel the globe in
the spirit of Batala!
The Batala bands also have the opportunity to get together at
other annual festivals around the world such as the Notting Hill
Carnival in London, the Brazilica Carnival in Liverpool, La Fete de
La Musique in Paris and Brazilian Day in New York.