The festival

 

Featured among the greatest drum festivals in the world, Batuka! Brasil celebrated its 14th edition in the year 2013. The event took place in June, inside Simón Bolívar Auditorium - Memorial da América Latina.

The Brazilian main event on drumset, and with fourteen editions and two CDs accomplished, the Batuka! Brasil International Drum Fest fits its role as a national culture and international interchange diffuser, by combining shows, workshops and performances of Brazilian and foreign artists.

From its first edition, the festival had already received some of the Brazilian music icons like the renowned Zimbo Trio, one of the most successful groups from the Bossa Nova era, the extraordinary Mantiqueira Big Band, Pedro Mariano, Caju e Castanha and the drummers Daniel Baeder, who nowadays plays at the Cirque du Soleil, Paulo Zinner (Golpe de Estado/Rita Lee/Fickle Pickle) and João Barone (Paralamas do Sucesso). The Batuka! Brasil always enlightens this artist’s significance in constructing a Brazilian cultural biography.

Our guest performers from all over the world, reinforce the diversity always praised by the Brazilian people. Also worth of mention, the cultural interchange during the festival is an invaluable asset for music students and overall audience. Not only the presence of Brazilian artists strengthens the perception of our music but, the fact of having artists from other countries, promotes an exchanging of musical experiences among themselves and the public leading to a richer understanding of everyone’s musical background. All of this, along with the great music brought to the festival.

Among the drummers who already performed at the Batuka! Brasil, there are some of the most influential drummers of the world such as Jim Chapin, Dave Weckl, Dom Famularo, Marco Minnemann, Sam Aliano, Jonathan Mover, Zoro, Robby Ameen and Virgil Donati.

The National Drummers Contest is also a part of the festival’s program. It was created focused in revealing the new talents of the Brazilian drumset and has achieved a great success! This year the contest is going to award an male and a female drummer. Among some of these gifted drummers is Rafael Barata (Edu Lobo/Angela Ro Ro), Igor Willcox (Família Lima), Elóy Casagrande (André Matos/Sepultura) and Sandro Moreno (Zé Ramalho/Tete Espíndola).