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Bristol Samba Band

Bristol Samba Band

Appearing on Friday at 5:45pm at the main gate

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Bristol Samba is a community-based ‘Bloco Carnavalesco’ band of drummers and dancers playing energetic Brazilian-based music for celebrating and dancing.

Founded in 1986, Bristol’s longest running samba band has been raising the roof and creating a vibrant atmosphere at festivals, parties and events throughout the UK for over twenty-five years.

In Brazil, a bloco carnavalesco is a group of musicians often with singers and dancers, who parade in the streets at Carnaval time. Bristol Samba uses the Brazilian percussion used by these carnival groups to play not only traditional Brazilian Carnaval music, but also rhythms from around the world including samba reggae, modern funk and breakbeat. We aim to promote, support and develop percussion-based music and related carnival arts, particularly in our local community.

The band plays in red and white, the colours of XANGÔ, the Orixá (a Afro-Brazilian candomblé deity) of thunder, lightning, fire, justice and drums.

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