Batucada Yemanjá - Samba in Seattle
Batucada Yemanjá has been performing since 1978 at Northwest events such as Bumbershoot, the Northwest Folklife Festival, Brasilfest and on stage with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. After 36 years of playing together, Batucada Yemanjá has expanded on the Brazilian model by including many other folkloric styles in its repertoire. From club dates, wedding receptions or performances before thousands at concerts and festivals, Batucada Yemanjá has recreated the rhythmic magic of Latin America and the Caribbean in a Northwest setting.
Batucada is a six member group comprised of some very special and dedicated individuals; Tim McCormack, Ken Harris, Joe Horsak, Wayne Clark, Gary Harding and our dancer Gabriela who was literally 'born into the group'. The group also serves as a non-profit organization dedicated to the fostering of Brazilian music and culture. In this role, Batucada supports four wonderful children in Brazil, Zimbabwe and Ghana through World Vision [Visão Mundial], an international relief organization.