Batala NYC

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Rebranded to FogoAzul NYC in July 2016.[edit]

Batala NYC aka FogoAzul NYC
Also known asFogoAzul NYC
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresSamba reggae, Afro-Brazilian percussion
Years activeMarch 2012 - July 2016 (March 2012 - July 2016)
Associated actsBatala New York City FogoAzul NYC (active July 2016 - present)
MembersStacy Kovacs

[BatalaNYC], now rebranded to FogoAzul NYC, was the original New York City branch of the international Samba-reggae project called Batala. Batala NYC was officially founded in March 2012 by Stacy Kovacs with an initial membership of 16 women and eventually grew to a membership of over 65 women ranging in age from 14 to 70 years old. NYC's favorite women drumline, now rebranded to FogoAzul NYC.

Batala NYC performed with notable acts such as The Rolling Stones,[1] participated in many events including New York's Village Halloween Parade,[2] and took part in benefit concerts for One Billion Rising.[3] The band was also featured on the cover of Issue 11 of Tom Tom Magazine.[4]


Artistic Director Stacy Kovacs[5] first encountered members of Batala Mundo performing in the 2011 Brazil Day celebration in New York City. Following this introduction to Batala and a growing interest in samba reggae, Kovacs traveled to Brazil in 2012 for that year's Carnaval in Salvador da Bahia. Kovacs brought back 35 drums, and Batala NYC had their first rehearsal in March 2012.

The all women drumming band known as "Batala NYC" dissolved in July, 2016. Stacy Kovacs, together with some members of Batala NYC, founded a new musical entity they called 'FogoAzul NYC,' now playing the music of Marcus Santos' music education network Grooversity. FogoAzul NYC now has 70 women drummers who are there to drum and enjoy the music of Grooversity and Brazil. The band takes women of all musical levels, mostly beginners, and teaches them to drum. FogoAzul means Blue Fire in Portuguese.


  1. ^ "Rolling Stones Star-Studded One More Shot". American Top 40 With Ryan Seacrest. December 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "Garden of Delights Thrill at the Village Halloween Parade". NYC Parade Life. November 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "Look Who's Artistic Uprising on 7 February in NYC". 1 Billion Rising. January 23, 2015.
  4. ^ Abovitz, Mindy (Fall 2012). "Batala NYC: Bringing Samba Reggae to Brooklyn". Tom Tom Magazine.
  5. ^ "Almost Famous: Stacy Kovacs, Batala NYC".

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