The music of Batala originates in Salvador de Bahia, in North Eastern Brazil.  Batala is an international co-ed organization with a giant Batalá family, and owes its existence to Giba Gonçalves, a drummer and composer from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Batala has spread to over 30 international cities. 

 Batala NYC as it was called until 2016

NYC All Women Brazilian Drumline

Batala NYC was started in 2011 by Stacy Kovacs. 

A new iteration of Batala in New York started in 2016 after Stacy Kovacs left and started her own group with some members of Batala NYC.  Check out their new group FogoAzul NYC.  

Read more about the history of Batalá New York !B

Batala NYC Former Director Interview with Brooklyn Magazine!
Read about Batala NYC's Birthday Party!

Batala NYC Prior Performance Partners

Batalá New York City performed at festivals & parades around the city and made television appearances at places like:


This website is a legacy and historical site to the memory of Batala NYC.