Women Drummers in New York
About Fogo Azul NYC
Fabulous and Fierce
Wild and Engaging
NYC's Most Powerful
Resilient and Everlasting
New York City’s Drumline, Marching Band, Samba Band, Brazilian Band. A medley of it all!
Fogo Azul NYC is New York City's Best and most powerful performance group. The New York City-based all-women Brazilian Samba Reggae drum line Fogo Azul (Blue Fire) was born at the intersection of founder and Buffalo, NY native, Stacy Kovacs’ passion for Samba Reggae, her deep respect for its cultural roots as a music of protest and resistance, her belief and activism in support of gender equality and her sense of civic duty in the current environment to publicly awaken and inspire women to resist oppression and exercise their power to uplift society —loudly. Launched in 2016 as an extension of Marcus Santos’s Samba Reggae-based Grooversity education project, Fogo Azul NYC is an age and ethnically diverse community of women who span the drummer spectrum from novice to professional.
With a corp of more than 80 members and growing, dressed in vibrant blue, the Fogo Azul drum line is a sight to behold. The group makes a memorable visual impact and its aural and vibratory presence fills performance venues. When marching in parades they can be heard and felt by spectators well before and after the impressive band with its powerful Brazilian polyrhythmic layers played with infectious joy and energy on surdo, dobra, repinique, snare drums by the drummers who move, en masse, in a syncopated, side-to-side step has passed by.
Fogo Azul NYC is the byproduct of Batala New York . In June of 2016, Batala New York closed its doors after a 5 year run. The band had a schism and from those ashes emerged Fogo Azul NYC and the original founder and musical direcotr of Batala New York, Stacy Kovacs. As of 2019, Fogo Azul NYC has expanded to become New York City's most powerful women and gender non-conforming community musical group.
Want to spice up that party, wedding reception, fundraiser, or corporate event? Why not thrill and delight your guests with the live thunderous pulse of Fogo Azul? With Small to large ensembles, we have experience in every type of event, indoor or outdoor, corporate and private parties, shows, clubs, restaurants, weddings, receptions, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, in store promotions, parades, sports events, museums, libraries, schools, festivals, and anything else you can imagine! We look forward to providing you and your guests with an experience not to be forgotten!
We are Fogo Azul!
Fogo Azul NYC Member Bios
Fogo Azul NYC has had the honor of performing at many events, marches, rallies, festivals & parades around the city.