Bad Boys of Batucada

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The Brazilian samba tradition is combined with modern influences including hip hop, rap, funk, reggae and Australian rock and lively martial arts-like Capeira dancing by Melbourne, Australia-based band,…
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The Brazilian samba tradition is combined with modern influences including hip hop, rap, funk, reggae and Australian rock and lively martial arts-like Capeira dancing by Melbourne, Australia-based band, Bad Boys Batucada. With a wide array of Latin percussion instruments and the berimbau setting a rhythmic, tribal-meets-urban, pulse, the group has quickly risen to become one of Australia's top ensembles.

Conceived during a bar-room conversation in Melbourne's Latin quarter, Bad Boys Batucada had their greatest break when they were invited to perform at Womad festivals in Spain and England. Their sets were so exciting that they were asked to record a live album for Womad's RealWorld label. The resulting album, Kaboomba", was released in 1996. The group subsequently performed on the soundtrack of the film, "A Fish Called Wanda".