Tuesday, November 06, 2012
From Portland, Oregon: The Lions of Batucada
The Lions of Batucada are a Portland, Oregon based, Brazilian-styled marching samba ensemble, playing music inspired by the Escolas de Samba in Rio de Janeiro and the Blocos in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Utilizing traditional instruments such as repinique, surdo, caixa, tamborim, chocalo, cuica, pandeiro, agogo, timbal, reco-reco, caixeta, pratos, triangulo, along with occasional vocals, the Lions perform intricate rhythms and melodies that are exciting to hear, and exciting to watch.
The Lions feature costumed and choreographed samba dancers, providing for an exhilarating experience that brings the excitement and happiness of Carnaval to any event.
JG: They are a very talented group from Portland, Oregon, where I lived most of my life. Their music makes you want to jump up and join them.