Meet the team
Music Director / Band Leader
Originating from Liverpool, with cultural heritage from both Nigerian and Guyana, Clinton began his music exploration from just 6 years old. Starting on piano, his passion for music quickly spread into West African drumming and soon after, samba-reggae. Clinton has progressed from being a fan of the music, to a skilled player and to a position now of Music Director.
Band Coordinator / Lead Choreographer
Originating from Rio De Janeiro, Pilar began her artistic endeavours as a prolific Latin dancer and teacher/choreographer. All her skills were transferred over to samba-reggae dance and percussion. Pilar has been an essential member of Batala since 2006 and continues to play and lead all elements of choreography. Pilar is also the coordinator lead for correspondence with event organisers.
Batala Mundo Founding Father
Batala was formed in Paris in 1997 by renowned musician Giba Goncalves; a Brazilian percussionist who has played with Ile Aiye, Jimmy Cliff and Banda Kaoma. Giba studied Composition and Bass Guitar at the Paris Conservatoire.