Manhattan Samba

NYC's Longest-Running Bateria

Manhattan Samba at New York's #1 Latin club SOBs
Manhattan Samba at New York's #1 Latin club SOBs

Some Manhattan Samba Performance Highlights:

Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall with Rapper star Way Cleff Jean, Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Beacon Theatre opener for Brazilian superstar Carlinhos Brown,  Pepsi Cola Commercial, Fashion Week NYC, Clearwater Festival, New Jersey Performance Arts Center,  Jamaica Center, Red Bull Giant Stadium, Water Festival Staten Island, Cornell University with Paul Winter, 10 year weekly-running performances at SOBs NYC.



New York Brazilian Independence Day, Newark Brazilian Independence Day, Bridgeport Brazilian Independence Day, Immigrant Parade NYC, Dance Parade NYC, Puerto Rican Parade NYC, Princeton University Alumni Parade, Howl! Festival Parade

Manhattan Samba is New York’s longest-standing Brazilian bateria – a high-energy samba drum ensemble in the heart of Manhattan.


Time Out New York Magazine alliteratively singled out Manhattan Samba as the NYC group that "bombards your brain and booty with a battery of bumpin' Brazilian batucada beats."


Founded in 1990 by Ivo Araújo and Amy Duncan, Manhattan Samba has been a major act on New York City’s dance floors for over two decades.


Its mission is to inspire fitness, leadership and community through Samba-Enredo. It is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and introduces Brazilian carnival culture to everyone interested.


Many people playing together is joyful as well as challenging. Manhattan Samba is a space for creativity, channeled through arrangements and improvisation.


At weekly rehearsals, Manhattan Samba is striving to achieve sonic oneness as a group, and to be a platform for each member to build individual talent.