If you find yourself in Brazil in July...

One for our non-UK readers this (unless you're planning on being in Brazil in July)...

Introducing Batuka! The Brazil International Drum Fest - celebrating its 11th edition on 18 and 19 July at the Ibirapuera Auditorium, Sao Paulo.

The Festival organisers have hosted guests from across the globe throughout the years as well as homegrown talent to help promote their incredible native music. International drummers who have already performed at the event include Jim Chapin, Dave Weckl, Dom Famularo, Marco Minneman, Sam Aliano, Jonathan Mover and Virgil Donati.

This year's event will include Brazilian drummers Daniel Oliveira and Vera Figueiredo, Percussion group Tribores and North American drummers Zoro (Lenny Kravitz) and Clayton Cameron (Tony Benett).

For more information about the event point your mouse at www.batukabrasil.com.

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.