Bad Boys Batucada

Released 01 January 1995

  1. Baggus
  2. Solo/Batucada
  3. Maracatu
  4. Bahia
  5. Maculele
  6. Capoeira
  7. Rubbadic
  8. Wak

Liner notes

They came, they saw, they Batucada’d.

Made in Australia with a Brazilian vibe, Bad Boys Batucada were the WOMAD discovery of 1995. From WOMADelaide in Australia they travelled north to Europe, playing at WOMAD and other festivals throughout the summer. Inevitably, the boys and their high-energy, explosive drumming excursions seduced audiences everywhere.

“Bands in Brazil have 12, 20, sometimes 200 people,” says member Ortiz Pinto. “This band is six people and we still have to achieve the same effect. So we play it fast and very improvised, and for each style of music we have dance steps, because movement is very important. If you can’t dance you can’t play.”

Six percussionists who hail from Australia, Brazil and France, Bad Boys Batucada began playing on the streets of Melbourne. Combining Brazilian beats with Australian hip hop and reggae influences to create a heartbeat groove of its own, their innovative music relies almost entirely on some of the world’s oldest instruments.

This album decisively showcases the Bad Boys’ ability to play fast and tight with the world’s rhythms. A jambalaya of drumming and percussion overlaid with raps and toasts, it creates an instant party wherever it’s played. All that’s missing on this disc are the band’s intricate dance routines. And that’s where you come in…

Bad Boys Batucada would like to thank Thomas Brooman at WOMAD for his support; Doug Hunter for helping us make the whole thing work; Peter Gbriel for creating WOMAD so that we could get out of Australia for the winter; Dave Bottrill, who did a great job in a really short period of time; Francis Clearly is also much appreciated.

Thanks also to all our wives and girlfriends for putting up with long absences; to the Bull sisters for the cash flow and Angeline Tan in Singapore for her help; to Swatch and all the people at Modern Age for helping us to get to Europe. Also a big thanks to Phil Kay and the Edinburgh sistas— Samara, Uzma and Raswana.

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