At a remote venue on the windswept hills above Ohariu Valley we were the surprise entertainment as we drummed and danced at the wedding of Marina and Andrew – a lovely Brazilian/Kiwi couple. Continue reading
Dressed in whatever we felt like wearing (quite strange to be out of any sort of Batucada uniform!) we had a most excellent afternoon doing an informal ninja gig in our old stomping ground of Cuba Street. We were helping celebrate the opening of the new Taco Addicts food caravan, owned by our lovely dancer Amber. Continue reading
Celebrating a Brazilian festival at El Barrio Latino Bar
Lucy (former Batucada tamborim player) owns El Barrio Latino Bar and was keen for us to do a small gig in June to celebrate the Brazilian festival Festas Juninas – also known as Festas de São João.
Keeping the volume down is a challenge in a small space, so we decided a mini-gig would work best, with 10-12 drummers instead of our usual 20-30. Our dancers came along and danced with the crowd, as there wasn’t space to do a dance performance. So – a bit of an experiment all round. Continue reading
Pride is such a wonderful gig to be a part of. We’ve watched this fantastically inclusive event grow over the years to become quite epic, and it’s one of the band’s favourite parades – probably the craziest parade we do. The crowd and all our fellow paraders are so much fun.