Loosely translated, batucada means percussive samba jam, which aptly describes Batucada Sound Machine's musical roots. BSM began in 2003 when five drummers met once a month in the lounge bar of Galatos nightclub in Auckland to experiment fusing batucada with local beats and influences. Before long the band had grown to 13 members, who developed a strong live following both in New Zealand and abroad. They released a live EP, before recording their debut studio album Rhythm and Rhyme in 2008. With a guest appearance by hip-hop legend Che Fu, the album swings from pure dance-floor afro-beat to funk, hip-hop, and deep samba-reggae.