Batucada is the sound of carnival in Lanzarote, you just can’t help but move your feet to the beat! Lanzarote’s drum bands provide the rhythm of carnival.

The rhythm of batucada originates from the Brazilian sound of samba. A large group is required to play the wide variety of percussion instruments which include some or all of the following:

Apito – whistle, usually played by the leader to instruct the group

Repinique – similar to a tom tom drum, played with a stick and a hand

Surdo – large bass drum

Caixa – slim snare drum

Tamborim – small drum

Agogô – u shaped metal bell

Shekere – hand shaker with a net of beads around the outside

Pandeiro – similar to a tambourine

Güiro – hollow wooden instrument with ridges, played with wooden stick (sounds like the wooden frogs sold at Teguise market!)

These drum bands give it their all during the length of the carnival procession, making the spectators sway and shuffle along to the beat.

The following video is of Villa Pipol, it demonstrates the different beats of batucada. Listen out for the whistle from their leader to signify a change of rhythm and routine.

Lanzarote carnival dates.