Valmir Bessa won the Musicianship and Composition categories of the 4th Batuka! masters – National Drummer´s Contest, in 1999. He also participated, with the tune “Numa Linha Dois” by himself and Rafael Castilho, in the 2nd Batuka! CD released in 2004.
"To participate in the Batuka! was an unforgettable experience! Up to now I miss the great moments and great friendships too! Besides the tense feeling of performing in an event as great as this, the rest was all joy. By being side by side with Brazilian and International drum stars and conquering my place, my life can be divided in before and after Batuka!! I only have to thank for this enterprise and wish it continue forever once we have many new talents to be discovered. Peace!"