Batalá is an international samba reggae music project based in Salvador de Bahia in northeastern Brazil. The name Batalá is a combination of the phrase “bateu lá” meaning “hit there” in Portuguese and Obatalá (Oxalá), the Candomblé deity who is the father of the Orixas and of all humanity.
Batalá 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. Batalá currently has over 30 groups in 15 countries and a worldwide membership of over 1,000 percussionists.
Batalá Durham is one of the newest branches of the Batalá family in North America. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on exposing people to and educating them about Afro-Brazilian culture by performing traditional samba reggae music. Our music is composed by Giba Gonçalves and we are taught and led by another native of Salvador de Bahia, Caique Vidal.
Batalá Durham is a community group, open to anyone 18 years or older. We’re based in and rehearse in Durham but have members from all areas of the Research Triangle area.
To learn more about our parent group Batalá Mundo, see their Wikipedia page.
To see where in the world other Batalá bands exist, see our World Map.