Shortly after moving to Paris, in 1997, Bahian percussionist Giba Gonçalves (Ilê Aiyê, Olodum, Muzenza, Male Debale, Jimmy Cliff, Tupi Nago and Kaoma) formed the first chapter, Batala Paris, of what would become a world-wide Afro- Brazilian percussion movement – Batala Mundo.

Playing a style of samba, called samba reggae which originates in Giba’s hometown of Salvador, Bahia in northeastern Brazil, Batala exploded in the European cultural arts and music scene.

Today, Batala has a worldwide membership of over 800 drummers in Europe, South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and North America, and is still constantly expanding.

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