About Us

Batala London is part of an international group of Samba-Reggae bands. We were very excited to have formed Batala London in 2010. London is the 6th UK band and we would be ideal entertainment for any London event. The members are drawn from a huge variety of backgrounds, religion and races and we like to consider ourselves to be truly multicultural.

We perform at a wide variety of gigs from supporting a famous pop group (some players joined The Sugababes at the Royal Variety performance in 2007), launching a new range of sports car (Formula 1), TV shows (ITV 1 World Cup 2014 Brazil coverage opening match Brazil v Croatia (see photo above), BBC Sport’s opening night’s broadcast montage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (see videos page), Channel 4 Sunday Brunch- see videos page), music festivals, and major sporting events at venues such as Wembley (the first match in 2007, England v Brazil, the Community Shield and other sports events), the Women’s F.A. Cup Final, Chelsea FC and Twickenham and the Virgin London Marathon, the Skittles Colour Run, RBC Race for Kids, Ealing Festival, London Winter Run, Sports Relief at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and we appeared in. We also like to support smaller events like village fairs, parades, fun days and charities when we are able.

We play at Notting Hill Carnival (with nearly 200 drummers), the carnival in Brazil, or the annual Batala get-together, where all the Batala bands join up to play. Playing the music of Batala in a massed band of over 200 drummers simply cannot be beaten and the atmosphere the band creates is electric!

Winner of the Notting Hill carnival samba category in 2016 and the best Samba band Brazilian Press awards 2012!

We have recently recorded a CD. Please contact us if you wish to have a copy.


We have played at some of the biggest venues and festivals in the UK including:

  • Notting Hill Carnival (annually).
  • Salvador Carnival (Brazil).
  • Guanabara – Monthly slot (London’s former famous Brazilian nightclub).
  • ITV Opening World Cup 2014 Montage.
  • Featured drumming on FIFA’S 2014 World Cup Brasil CD.
  • Give and Take at the Tate Modern with Hew Locke.
  • London Marathon.
  • England vs Peru at Wembley Stadium.
  • The Colour Run London and Brighton.
  • London Eye – Merlin’s Magic Wand Charity Fundraiser.
  • London Triathlon.
  • Virgin Great London Swim.
  • Brazil v Scotland at Emirates Stadium.
  • Greenwich half marathon for Water Aid.
  • Luton Festival.
  • Bristol Festival.
  • Bloomsbury Festival.
  • Leyton Carnival.
  • Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.
  • The Queen’s Jubilee in 2012.
  • Chelsea v West Ham Premier League football match.
  • Brazil v Russia at Stamford Bridge.
  • Red Shoe Walk for the Red Cross.
  • The London 10k Winter Run.
  • BBC Sport. BBC1 opening montage of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
  • BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 (recorded clips of the band in the Rio 2016 Olympics Nominees section).

We are available to play, as a small or medium size band, according to your preference, at festivals, carnivals, clubs, and events in general to bring a taste of Brazil to every occasion.

Let the fun begin!