In honor of Black History Month, members of Batalá San Francisco performed in the San Francisco County Jail in San Bruno, CA. Members spoke about the history of Batala in Salvador, Bahia, the connection to African traditions, and the development of samba reggae as a part of the black empowerment movement in the 1970s. The incarcerated men asked questions about the origins of the drums and inquired if it would be possible to join the group once they were released. Incarcerated artists drew thank you cards to express their appreciation for Batalá San Francisco coming into the the jail to entertain and educate them. 

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