Norwich Samba Band Celebrate 12th Anniversary
This summer marks the 12th anniversary of the founding of Norwich Samba who can be seen playing an infectious mix of Brazilian rhythms and modern British beats at events across East Anglia and beyond.
Started with the aid of an Awards For All grant, the original band formed after a series of successful percussion workshops attracted a group of Brazilian music and percussion enthusiasts from across Norfolk. Today, the band has grown to include over 30 members with people from a wide cross-section of backgrounds regularly taking part. The band, or ‘bateria’ as its known in Brazil, features a range of percussion instruments that produce the typically exciting sound of the Rio Carnival.
We also have our own dancers who have original routines to match the intricate patterns of the rhythms.
The band and dancers rehearse once a week throughout the year at the John Innes Centre (Recreation Centre), Norwich. Although most live performances take place outdoors during the summer months, we also help to liven up indoor events at any time. Over the past ten years the band have played at events across the country and are gaining a national reputation for producing vibrant and exciting performances. Plans for this summer include the Lord Mayors Celebrations in Norwich in July.
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contact details and notes for editors
Bookings for performances: Martine Beattie 07891 267529
Workshops: Hej Jones 07525 818603
Norwich Samba are part of the burgeoning UK Samba movement that has seen an explosion in the number of bands formed over the past few years.
UK Samba mixes traditional Brazilian rhythms with other influences: reggae, dance, soul/R’n’B and jazz patterns to create a unique blend that is very different from established Brazilian styles.
Since 2000 Norwich Samba has grown into a proficient and professional band and are able to demonstrate a high level of musicianship. The exciting set that we perform includes several pieces that have been written and arranged by the Band’s own tutors and musical directors, as well as those from renown samba masters from the UK and Brazil – Dudu Tucci, Pat Power and Ravin Jayasuriya (Raz).