Batala Portsmouth Samba Reggae Band

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Hampshire based Batala Portsmouth are a local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. We entertain at many local carnivals, music festivals, processions, sporting events, weddings, corporate events, and launches. You can hear the band playing on the Video page. Please email or call to find out more about booking the band for your event.

If you are interested in learning to drum with us then contact us about our annual beginners course. We will put you on the waiting list and then invite you nearer the time.
Batala Best in the UK!

The seven UK Batala bands were recently voted the "Best Brazilian Music Group in UK" in the 2012 Brazilian International Press Awards. This is fantastic recognition of what Batala has acheived in the last 12 years.

Fratton Park
Notting Hill Carnival on the BBC
Jersey Battle of the Flowers

Batala Portsmouth were invited to lead the 2012 Jersey Battle of Flowers Parade in August. This was an amazing event with 29 spectacular floral floats and over 26,000 spectators. We had good coverage on local TV and on the BBC website.

We also took part in the illuminated Moonlight Parade and had a fantastic reception from the crowd.

Batala on DVD

Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald produced a 2011 film called "Life in a Day" based on 80,000 submissions of 4500 hours of footage shot in 192 countries. Batala Portsmouth playing at Southsea Carnival were selected from this raw material, all shot on July 24, 2010. We almost made it on to the final film, but just missed out. However you can find us on the bonus features if you buy the DVD.

Notting Hill Carnival on the BBC
Fratton Park
Fratton Park

One of the highlights for the band in 2011 was playing on the pitch at Portsmouth Football Club for the Pompey vs. Norwich match. It was a great performance and the crowd really got involved too. We returned to the club to play for the local derby match in December 2011 and even made it onto the Match of the Day coverage.

Notting Hill Carnival 2011

In 2011 Batala played their 10th Notting Hill Carnival. It was our best yet with over 230 drummers coming from our sister bands all over the world to play and process for over 5 hours! We had our picture on Channel 4 News, ITN, and The Times. This picture featured on the BBC website as well as newspapers from Athens to Boston.

Notting Hill Carnival on the BBC
Send us your pictures and video clips!

Have you seen us out and about? We see lots of people taking pictures and video of the band. Send us your pics, clips, and comments, and we will put the best on our website!

This video clip of the band was taken in Guildford and posted on YouTube.