The sonorous name Batekoo is nothing more than a pun, which literally means ‘hitting the as* on the floor’. But the party that started in Salvador, Bahia, in 2014, goes far beyond that. It is above all a party made by blacks and for blacks, as described by DJ and producer Maurício Sacramento, one of the creators of Batekoo who soon pumped around the country.
Resistance and diversity are part of the party for young black LGBT people from the peripheries of the country. The success made the following year, Batekoo won a strand in São Paulo and soon afterwards to the main cities of the country like Rio de Janeiro, birthplace of funk, one of the musical styles that play at the party. The idea is to create black spaces for blacks, mainly from the LGBT community, but not only, but free of LGBTphobia and racism.
Batekoo’s popularity gave rise to an electric trio a few years ago at the São Paulo carnival, which came to gather 40 thousand people at the time. In terms of references, some artists served as icons for the party, such as: Mc Carol, Rico Dalasam and Karol Conka, largely due to their images, languages and styles, in addition to the feminist and motivating message transmitted through their songs. And speaking of music, the rhythm that plays is varied, ranging from hip hop to funk, this can change a lot if it is in Rio or São Paulo.
Women are a massive presence, dancing for real, hitting the “koo” on the floor, without fear of judgment and much less harassment. While gays also require to the floor, being able to express their femininity in its fullness, without the fear of hearing pejorative comments. At Batekoo, people are what they want to be, so much so that afro hair reigns, of all kinds, braids (colored), black power, oxygenated shaving, “box” style (often used by actor / rapper Will Smith and Grace Jones), not to mention creative accessories in GG size like glasses, bracelets, earrings and lots of hair.
In 2019, the Batekoo party won a documentary to celebrate its success, which is also seen as a social, peripheral and LGBTQIA+ movement, which featured testimonials from artists such as Mc Soffia and Karol Conka herself. For those who haven’t yet, the documentary gives a good sense of this libertarian climate, where people can dance as they like, dress as they like and act as they want. At the Batekoo party what matters is to be happy.