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
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
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
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).