The musical genre “Batá” is synonymous with batá drums, Cuban instruments that provide its driving beats. Batá drumming is part of a Cuban religious tradition that has firm ties to Yoruba (Nigerian/Beninese) religion and culture. Religious batá drumming is meant to inspire the orishas, the spirits, to inhabit the bodies of dancing priests. In the 1930s batá started to appear in folkloric situations and over the last several decades the art of batá drumming has developed an appeal worldwide.
KEY GENRES: Batá drumming