Batalá Washington is an all-women percussion band whose mission is to empower women through drumming and expose local communities to the dynamic music and culture of northeastern Brazil.  Batalá’s heavily syncopated rhythms are rooted in traditional African drumming, accented with heavy doses of Brazilian samba and Caribbean reggae. Playing 5 different drums, the women of Batalá create create a powerful, infectious sound that has captivated audiences in the DC area and beyond.  Combined with Batalá’s colorful costumes and energetic dancing, the music creates an auditory and visual experience that few forget.

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Video 4/13/2014: Target Family Night: One Mic Creative Ecosystem Presents A Hip-Hop Fusion Drum Call

The Drum Call showcases the international roots of hip-hop music, from the traditional drum to contemporary electronic rhythm machines, via collaborations and solo creations from drummer Kiran Gandhi (M.I.A., Thievery Corporation), all-female percussion group Batala, and noted beatmakers Asma Maroof, Hezekiah, and Arsonal. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.

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