Antiparos Local Newspaper:
When, four years ago, Batucada Rio Reno were invited, to perform in the Serenade, the music events during the annual Prague International Marathon, no one was even aware of the love affair that would become of their visit.This German-Brazilian percussion group has since, become almost synonymous of the May event in the Czech capital, capturing the imagination of hundreds of thousands of spectators along the course of the race.
Their sounds are as exotic as their Brazilian dancers. Their presence and attitude relates to that of the Rio de Janeiro carnival - no doubt about that."If they did it in Prague, an uptight European capital, they could prove just the perfect tip for Antiparos, a greek island, washed in the free, summery spirit" thought the organizers. They took little time in persuading the Tempo Team's supremo, Carlo Capalbo, that Batucada (as the people got to know them) could stir up the imagination of the spectators and the participants in the second Antiparos International Run. And the rest is history as we say. A deal was quickly reached - it was easy as Batucada are great travelers - and the group is on its way to the island. If you want more info on Batucada Rio Reno, check their website on www.percussion.de. You can even download some of their sounds! The site language is German.