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About Us

Batala is an international samba reggae music project based in Salvador de Bahia in northeastern Brazil.

Batala was founded in Paris in 1997 by Giba Gonçalves, a Bahian percussionist with links to Ilê Aiyê, Olodum, Muzenza, Male Debale, Jimmy Cliff, Tupi Nago, and Kaoma. Today, Batala celebrates over 42 groups in 15 countries and a worldwide membership of over 1,500 percussionists.


Batala Mersey was founded in January 2015 and now has over 60 members. The band’s diverse line-up features a dynamic and passionate group of community musicians based in Merseyside but performing all over the world. We are run entirely by volunteers and any proceeds from gigs go back into running the band to pay for things like costumes, drums & rehearsal space.

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