Batala focuses on Brazilian Samba Reggae Percussions.

Summer Time: Mondays, 630-9 pm

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

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. Batala currently has over 30 groups in 15 countries and a worldwide membership of over 1,000 percussionists.

You will learn principle rhythm patterns heard on the radio and in the streets of Brazil. The classes focus on teaching the diverse sounds of samba reggae, Ijexá and Maracatu. Not only will you learn drumming techniques, but dancing will be integrated to aid in the learning process.

The mission of Batala is to promote wellness and collaboration through the learning of Afro-Brazilian drumming.


Instructor: Caique Vidal

Caique is an accomplished percussionist from Salvador da Bahia—the center of historic African culture in Brazil. Caique has diverse training that includes the Creative School of Olodum and the arts program at Liceu de Artes e Oficios da Bahia, where he studied Music Education and Audio Engineering. His career has included the highly-regarded Bale Folclorico da Bahia. He has toured many countries with different bands and performance groups to share his native culture and traditions.