Batalá in Washington, DC is an all-women
percussion band whose mission is to empower
women through drumming and expose
communities to Brazil’s dynamic music and
culture. The women of Batalá play this music
on five types of drums, creating a powerful,
dynamic sound that is captivating audiences
in the DC area.
Pam Sutton is a songwriter, poet, bass player
and mom of Valerie, age 9. Valerie is a
songwriter, poet, dabbler in several musical
instruments and a world-changer in training.
Pam and Valerie have been making music
together since Valerie was in utero.
Karen Zacarías is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. She is the founder and artistic director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering literacy, dialogue and conflict resolution through playwriting in inner-city schools. Born in Mexico, Karen currently lives with her husband and three young children in Washington, DC.