I'm not sure if you were at the 2019 Women's March in Philadelphia but it you were you would probably agree with me when I say it was an empowering event. If you were at the event you probably heard the drums beating down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the large crowd that followed behind the noise. The party and the Afro-Brazilian beats were brought to you by the non-profit organization Batalá Philadelphia.
Batalá Philadelphia is a non-profit Samba Reggae percussion band founded in 2017. They are part of the Batalá Mundo global arts project. This project has chapters all over the world that visit one another to drum and share cultural experiences. Their mission is to enrich and inspire our communities by providing an Afro-Brazillian musical and cultural experience through arts education and live performances. Their distinct form of musical expression and cultural heritage from Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, is open to all individuals regardless of race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or background. We were lucky enough to attend one of their practices, which are open to the public, and volunteer with them during the parade. Check out the volunteer video we made for them below and listen to our podcast with the entire Batalá Philadelphia chapter.