Barbatuques is a group of performers who create music and sounds using their bodies only — so lots of clapping and use of hands and mouths to create amazing sounds. The result? From samba rythms to rap. Children pretty much enjoy taking part in the interactive shows The Barbatuques put on, copying the hand gestures and sounds. Created in 1995 by musician Fernando Barba from Sao Paulo, the group is composed of 15 members (Andre Hosoi, Marcelo Pretto, Andre Venegas, Dani Zulu, Flavia Maia, Giba Alves, John Simon, Lu Horta, Heloiza Ribeiro, Mairah Rock, Mauritius Maas, Renato Epstein, Charles Raszl and Lu Cestari).
Their songs carry the essential nature or character of the Brazilian culture.
If you have seen RIO 2, the movie, you will most certainly recall one of the songs — ‘Beautiful Creatures’ on the Rio 2 soundtrack, recorded by them, the Barbatuques.