In a sea of red, white and black, the drummers slowly advanced to the “pit” in front of the outdoor stage. An enthusiastic crowd, here for the first Brazilian Day Festival in Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, stood in anticipation on the concrete bleachers overlooking the Delaware River. Once in formation, the leader gave the signal and a precisely timed explosion of sound erupted.
Excitement in the air, I ran down about 10 steps to get closer to this female musical phenomen, Batala NYC. I snapped some photos and a short video, but the sound was so infectious that I had to put away my camera to dance. The continued to play as the crowd swayed, clapped and danced in sync with the accurate, clear and exotic rhythms. The diverse group of women drummers sparkled with joy as they played and the audience went wild–a little piece of Brazil on Sunday, September 21 in Philadelphia!