Batalá Houston is a local percussion group that is part of a worldwide movement that plays the energetic and contagious rhythms of Samba Reggae and Samba Afro, which come from Bahia, a state in northeastern Brasil. Batalá Mundo owes its existence to Giba Gonçalves, a percussionist, composer and choreographer from Salvador. Giba was living in Paris when he first had the idea for the band. Batalá is open to anyone with an interest in learning samba-reggae rhythms. Batalá Houston was founded in 2013.
The Houston group is made up of people of all walks of life who share a deep respect and passion for Brazil and its people, especially Afro Brazilian and Native Brazilian cultural and artistic expressions. We love the music we play and desire to cultivate positivity and inclusion through vibrant culture and music.
Our instruments and costumes are all made in Salvador, Bahia, where the band has a social program that gives jobs to many families.