BatukAxé (pronounced baa-too-kah-SHAY) is an Afro-Brazilian ensemble whose goal is to present a modern style of the authentic tradition of Blocos Afro and Axe music to the American audience.
BatukAxé presents both the traditional and the contemporary music of the northeast of Brazil.
The group includes some of the finest percussionists and musicians available in Boston, MA.
Developed in the state of Bahia, where 90% of the population is of African descent and especially in the city of Salvador, this music is rooted in the tradition of the Carnival Blocos Afro, groups of vocalists and percussionists performing Brazilian rhythms based on African roots.
The music of the Blocos Afro, among which Olodum and Ile Ayie are the most popular, often has lyrics of social involvement and empowerment of the lower classes and Black population in general.
BatukAxé plays an original arrangement of rhythms like: Samba Enredo, Maracatú, Samba do Ilê, Partido Alto, Samba Raggae, Galope, Funk, Baião, Samba in 5 and Samba in 7, Drum and Bass, Bossa Nova, etc.
BatukAxé can be assembled to perform these rhythms with 6 to 22 percussionists and up to 4 singers, playing Afro Brazilian Drums like: Tamborim, Timbau, Caixa, Repique, different size of Surdos [16',18', 20' and 22'] and percussions like Ganza and Berimbau.