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Fifty-strong drum group, Batala Merseyside raising money for Ukraine

2 years ago

Fifty-strong drum group, Batala Merseyside raising money for Ukraine

A samba reggae group of 50 drummers will take to the streets of Liverpool this weekend to raise money for the Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Batala Mersey have linked up with the Red Cross to organise the fundraising performance on Church Street in Liverpool on Sunday 20 March. 

The Liverpool-based drumming group will be joined by members of sister bands, Batala Lancaster, Batala Bangor and Batala Bangor, to make as much noise as possible for the people of Ukraine. The event will feature three or four drumming sets in the city centre from 1pm to 3.30pm with buckets for cash collections on the day, as well as a JustGiving link for online donations. 

Batala Mersey was founded in 2015 and is part of an international network founded by Bahian percussionist Giba Gonçalves with a worldwide membership of over 1,000 drummers. The community group practices in venues in both North and South Liverpool, with gigs around the North West of the country.

You might know them from the distinctive red, white and black costumes, as well as the sound of drums that echoes for miles around. Batala Mersey has performed at Light Night, Brazilica, Africa Oye, Liverpool Pride, and the National Diversity Awards.

The group has now become well-known for its annual festive fundraiser in Liverpool ONE, which has benefited local organisations such as The Whitechapel Centre, Alder Hey Children’s Charity, KIND, and Refugee Women Connect.

April Molyneux, musical caller and organiser of the event, said that the band are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

“The events in Ukraine shocked and saddened me to my core, and so I knew I needed to do something to try and help,” said April.

“Batala Mersey is a community band and we’ve done quite a few successful fundraisers in the past. We knew we had to take action to support Ukraine in this time of crisis.

“There are Batala bands like us all around the world, and we will be supported at this event on Sunday by members of our sister bands from North England and Wales. We expect to have around 50 drummers on the day and we’re expecting it to be an incredible dynamic performance of percussion and choreography.

“The people of Liverpool are generous and soulful, and we aim to give them an unforgettable performance whilst they donate anything they can to the British Red Cross and DEC Ukraine Appeal. This is our way of giving to our local community, whilst helping a mighty cause.

“We invite people to come along, have fun and dig deep.”

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