Isaias Alves won the 9th Batuka! Masters – National Drummer´s Contest in 2009.
"I heard about the Festival by some friends who commented that the inscriptions were open. Due to my daily tight schedule, I could only send the material one day before the limit date. It was a very hard proccess. It was tough to arrange the studio, to get the cameras, to mix the material and make the arrangement of the tune "Fogueira." At the end God´s will prevailed and I thank it for putting the right people, like Vera Figueiredo, who proportionated and will always grant great momments to the Brazlilian drumming. The Batuka! is not only a festival but a friend´s meeting where besides the great music there´s friendship and interaction and this is what counts!"
For many years, Isaías has been playing in the Brazilian Jazz and Gospel music