Women Drummers in New York

About Fogo Azul NYC

Fabulous and Fierce

Wild and Engaging

NYC's Most Powerful

Resilient and Everlasting

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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

Member Bios

Fogo Azul NYC Director

Stacy Kovacs

Director
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Dany Johnson Fogo Azul NYC co founder

Dany Johnson

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Tina Casey Fogo Azul NYC band member

Tina Casey

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Shelley Smith Fogo Azul NYC band member

Shelley Smith

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Member Bios

Member Bios

Copy of Stacy Kovacs

Director
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Dany Johnson

Co-Founder
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Tina Casey

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Shelley Smith

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Fogo Azul NYC has had the honor of performing at many events, marches, rallies, festivals & parades around the city.

Fogo Azul NYC

3518 30th Street, Queens, NY 11106, United States