Welcome to FogoAzul NYC!
New York City’s Women Drummers, Marching Band, Samba Band
Gotham’s only all women Brazilian Drumline!
(formerly known as Batala NYC)
Check us out in the NY Times!
Brazilian Samba Marching Drumline!
New York City All Women Brazilian Drumline drumming in Times Square!
FogoAzul NYC is part of the Grooversity Network!
Bringing drumming to communities near you!!
Please check out our page on Grooversity!
We Drum At Events!
We can drum at your party, wedding, gala, fundraiser, race, birthday, or engagement! We get parties started or end them with a bang!Book Us!
In The Spotlight
We’ve had the honor of sharing the bill with such well known artists as: Reggie Watts, Cyndi Lauper, and we opened for The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour. We’ve performed at festivals & parades around the city and made television appearances at places like:
All money we earn goes to keeping the band running and is used to pay operational fees.
All donations are greatly appreciated – if you feel so inclined, you can donate through Fractured Atlas.
New York City’s Drumline, Marching Band, Samba Band, Brazilian Band known as Gotham’s Heartbeat!
FogoAzul NYC is up and drumming! We strive to make drumming accessible to women no matter their skill. We take absolute beginners and give them the tools to drum. Additionally we believe that music and rhythm is in every human and animal on the planet, and if you give them the means, they will find their inner rhythm. For thousands of years women in many cultures were not allowed to touch a drum. Women were often relegated to dance while the men played the drums. We’re taking that sterotype and turning it on its head. Formerly known as Batala NYC, FogoAzul NYC has now taken the mission of Batala NYC and expanded it to be less profit seeking and more community oriented. We seek to bring music and dance to all communities regardless of ability to pay for our shows. Spreading the culture of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil is our passion. Our music is Samba Reggae based, which originates from the state of Bahia in Brazil. Our women play this music with pride, our Artistic Director traveling to Salvador 4 times to play in Carnival with Cortejo Afro, an AfroBloco.
Additionally, FogoAzul is a member of the Grooversity Drumming Education Network lead by the fabulous Marcus Santos. Grooversity is the innovative and creative drumming system that Marcus has developed for education and entertainment purposes.
It promotes community outreach and social change by targeting diversity awareness. This multi-city percussion project is creating a network of people. Grooversity’s network includes people of different ethnicities, ages, and races. It portrays a positive message by engaging communities to appreciate diversity, support civil rights, encourage self-esteem, and most importantly, enjoyment.
The Grooversity system is Marcus’ original drumming compositions based on the traditional Afro Brazilian rhythms, which he has combined with a world music perspective and a modern approach.
Grooversity is fun, interactive and inclusive. Every person and instrument is equally important and essential for the ensemble. Some patterns are intricate and challenging for the most experienced professional drummer, and others are simpler yet equally important patterns for the amateur player. In fact, the simplest patterns are the most important components of the ensemble because they keep the other elements together.
Grooversity brings activism to an entertainment level and has engaged communities worldwide in Saskatchewan (Canada), Potenza (Italy) and Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wyoming; in the USA.
Please check out our other tabs on this website for more info on us. If you’d like us at your event, party, wedding, gala, fundraiser, block party, parade, or to wake up your mean boss, please fill out the form under the “Book Us” tab. If you have questions, you can email us using the contact form “Contact Us”. Or, if you’d like to join our project, please read the info under the “Join” tab. It gives all the info you’d like to know about becoming a drummer with FogoAzul NYC. We would be especially grateful if you follow us on Social Media too! Or, even better, join our mailing list! Just click on the monkey head above this section and enter your email address. We don’t send updates often, but we do send them when something big happens! And…as we all know, this is New York City and ANYTHING can happen!
We look forward to seeing you in the streets and partying with you! New York City’s Drumline, Marching Band, Samba Band, Brazilian Band is ready!