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Join Lauren Nikhol In Being “Grateful For This Day”

The official lyric video for Lauren Nikohl’s new Indie-Pop single “Grateful For This Day”, released on October 16th, 2020 and available now on all major platforms. The song is extremely personal as well as relatable as Nikohl shares specific things she is thankful for and helps her and the listener stay grounded in how precious life is and the experiences it brings: “Grateful for this day
Tomorrow is never guaranteed, don’t forget.” For more by Lauren Nikhol, visit

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All-Women Afro-Brazilian Ensemble Batalá Washington DC Has Rhythm and Purpose

“We like for our audience to be empowered by the beats of the drums and the energy transmitted by the women in the group”

Batalá Washington DC discuss their impact, favorite songs to perform, and how being a part of the DMV creative scene influences the collective’s approach.
Within an industry that is historically dominated by men, all-women Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble Batalá Washington DC is here to show us what they are made of. Launched in 2007 as the newest branch of the Batalá band and the first-ever in the United States, Batalá Washington, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, brings its powerful, invigorating sounds to the nation’s capital and across the globe as a means of empowering women to be change agents in their respective communities.

Join contributing writer Cynthia Gross as she connects with Marly Perez, board president and musical conductor of Batalá Washington DC, to discuss the collective’s impact over the years,

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