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The Encontro Street Band Festival
By sambayabamba on 12-Dec-16 21:14. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

22 – 23 July 2017 @ Merchant City Festival, Glasgow


We are delighted to be co-producing Scotland’s first street band festival! With a packed programme of street gigs, artistic collaborations, showcase performances and more, this is a weekend-long celebration of carnival music in all its exciting and extravagant forms. Featuring all flavours of street drumming, carnival brass, New Orleans marching band, Afro-Brazilian percussion and more, The Encontro Street Band Festival brings the sounds of hot dusty streets at carnival time right into the heart of Glasgow!

The line-up includes Carnaval Transatlântico (UK/Brazil), Sambox (São Paolo), Juba do Leão (Manchester), Katumba (Liverpool) Rhythms of the City (London), Orkestra del Sol (Edinburgh), Outra Vez (Netherlands), Samba Résille Youth Band (Toulouse, France), Pulse of the Place (Edinburgh), Brass Gumbo (Edinburgh), Peace Artistes (Bradford), Blast Furness (Ulverston), The Edinburgh Samba School, Bloco Fogo (Kent), and Olá Samba (Cheltenham). Plus Glasgow’s very own Brass, Aye? and SambaYaBamba Youth Street Band. And not forgetting – celebrating our 20th anniversary – the mighty SambaYaBamba (Glasgow).

Merchant City Street Takeover

Sat 22 & Sun 23 July: 1 – 6pm

A multitude of bands from Scotland, the UK and beyond descend on the Merchant City, bringing a riot of colour & sound to the streets and celebrating the best of carnival music from around the globe. Free & family friendly!

Encontro Festival Showcase

Sat 22 July – The Old Fruitmarket  – 7pm -  late  

£12 / £8 from or 0141 353 8000

Spectacular stage shows from 5 of the UK’s most exciting carnival bands! Drums, brass, song, dance, costume and extravagance, featuring Carnaval Transatlântico (UK/Brazil), Juba do Leão (Manchester), Orkestra del Sol(Edinburgh) and Glasgow’s own SambaYaBamba and SambaYaBamba Youth Band.

Massed Band Extravaganza!

Sun 23 July, 2pm, George Square

The biggest street band Scotland has ever seen! Uniting all the Encontro bands in one performance, over 350 UK and international players come together to perform original music composed for the occasion – this will be a festival highlight! Free & family friendly!

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Adult Beginners Class
By sambayabamba on 21-Apr-16 10:16. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

A new 12 week block starts 12th Sep - 12th Dec 2017 looking at Afro-Samba and the musical Tradition f the state of Bahia in the north east of Brazil.  Newbies absolutely welcome.
Your chance to learn how to play and learn about the amazing sound of the famous Brazilian rhythms in a large group. This is suitable for beginners and musicians of other instruments alike - as well as sambistas looking for experience on other instruments. Instrumentation will be made up of surdos (many), caixa (few), repique (few), timba plus agogo bell and chocalho (shaker). We will learn how to put the samba-reggae rhythms together, the learn some breaks and learn how to fit them together with beautiful carnaval songs from the the old days of Salvador. At the end there will be a gig where we can wow the audience with our new skills.

Tuesdays 7pm register for a 7.15 start until 9.30. £7 per class. New beginners are welcome to start, with or without musical experience. Tutors are Roddy Dickson and Doug Summers with 15+years experience. (newbies please email to let us know you are coming) SYB Rehearsal Space, Kilbirnie St, Tradeston, G5 8JD There is space for up to 40 on the course.
More info on Facebook Event page 

Recruiting: trumpet and trombone players
By sambayabamba on 25-Feb-16 18:38. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

SambaYaBamba is currently looking to recruit some experienced brass players. We are in the market for new trumpet players and a new trombone player. If you're interested in giving it a go, get in touch!

  • Must be at least 18 (if you're under 18 check out our Youth Street Band)
  • Must have own instrument
  • Must be comfortable learning tunes without the aid of written music
  • Must be willing and able to commit to a busy gigging schedule, especially in the summer months. Majority of bookings are evening/weekend
  • Previous gigging experience desirable but not essential
  • Must be open to having some of the best times of your life with some amazing people

If you'd like to try out then contact us at for more info. Please include your name, instrument you play, and any other information you want us to know

SambaYaBamba is a non-profit community band, you can find out more about us elsewhere on this site or ask us anything you want to know

SYB Youth Band sign up date announced
By sambayabamba on 25-Jan-16 21:10. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

sambayabamba youth band 

SambaYaBamba's new youth band is under way. The taster sessions have begun and the Sign Up opens at 8am on Thursday 4th February om a first come first served basis. Anyone enthusiastic and between 12 and 19 can apply, regardless of whether you have had the opportunity to attend one of the taster sessions. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in City Halls / the Old Fruitmarket, Merchant City.

Find out more on the Youth Band page. 

Summer 2015: What's up next
By sambayabamba on 20-Jun-15 23:08. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

It may not feel like summertime in Glasgow, but our samba summer is well and truly underway. 

We kicked things off, as ever, by hosting our annual samba showcase and leading the enormous West End Festival parade. This year was even better as we took part in Scotland's biggest ever street band at the end!

We've already played at some great local galas and fairs too.

Here's a rundown of what is still to come in 2015 - including some old favourites and some exciting new events. We can't wait, and hope to see you there (all links open in new window):


  • 27th June Private wedding
  • 3rd-5th July Kelburn Garden Party, Largs - still some tickets left here
  • 9th-14th July Coburn International Samba Fest, Germany
  • 25th July Rewind Festival, Glasgow - tickets here
  • 8th August Mugstock Festival, Glasgow - tickets here
  • 22nd August Marymass Festival, Irvine
  • 29th August Viking Parade, Largs
  • 6th September Private charity function
  • 9th October Juba de Leao's birthday party, Manchester


SambaYaBamba 18th Birthday Party - 15 Nov
By sambayabamba on 29-Oct-14 09:52. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

If you've been to an SYB birthday party before you know what to expect, and if you haven't, how no?
...... and what a line up we have for you this year. Not only the rock'n'rolling funky disco dance party that is Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, but also the 10-headed monster of dirty urban ghetto funk that is the Victorian Trout Conspiracy. Ooft!
Doors at 8pm, first band at 9pm. £8 (£5 students / unwaged) on the door

8pm-2am, Satruday 15th November, £8 on the door (£5 students/unwaged). 
Walkabout, 128 Renfield St.

Tell us you're coming on Facebook here.



New Format Beginners Class
By sambayabamba on 29-Oct-14 09:24. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

Beginners class now 7.15-9.30. Focussing on Afro-Samba styles of Salvador de Bahia until 16 Dec 2014 

Beginners class: 7.15pm - 9.30 every Tuesday £7
Venue: SYB Rehearsal Space, Kilbirnie St, Tradeston, G5 8JD (opp cafe Anaya)
Access: Easy Parking. Nearest Subway Bridge Street. Buses Pollokshaws Road/M74  View Map 

Come and learn how to play the rhythms of the Brazilian carnival in a samba bateria. Multi-instrument tuition is intended to start you off learning how to play authentic samba in a large group, exactly how it is played in the famous samba schools of Rio de Janeiro. A rewarding and powerful experience.

Get the skills to play and find out how the parts of the rhythm lock together to create the most infectious dance groove in the world. You'll probably even pick up some Portuguese words and phrases and you will certainly get to know a great bunch of people. Tutors are director Roddy Dickson and his lovely assistant and puxador Doug Sam-Ra who both have a wealth of experience in samba bands and have both played in the Rio carnaval.

Beginners class is for absolutely anyone who fancies it and you are not tied in to anything.
Intermediate is for people who have been coming for a while or have relevant experience and are expected to attend every week on an ongoing basis. If you're not sure ask Roddy.

Instruments are provided.
You are welcome to bring a friend but rest assured new people come along all the time and it's totally normal to come by yourself. 

Places are limited - please email roddydickson1 at gmail dot com to register 


Our biggest party ever - 23rd November
By sambayabamba on 28-Oct-13 23:52. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment



We're turning 17 and we're planning our biggest party yet at Walkabout Glasgow. Featuring: SambaYaBamba (of course), Bristol BranchCucumelo Radio and The Ladies of Midnight Blue. Followed by DJs til the wee hours. Only £8 on the door!

Head over to Facebook to tell us you're coming!


This birthday party will be extra special as it's SYB's last gig with Roddy Dickson as our Musical Director. Roddy has made the band what it is today, through his skill as a teacher, composer and leader over the past 12 years. He's not getting away without a bloody big rammy. 

Canny wait!

Commonwealth Fame!
By sambayabamba on 24-Jul-13 20:42. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

We were delighted to be asked by the Glasgow 2014 team to help celebrate the One Year Countdown until the Commonwealth Games. Even more so when we got ourselves all over the news!

On Tuesday 23rd July, we appeared on BBC Breakfast, Daybreak and Sky Sports News - don't worry, we won't let it go to our heads.


Live at the Glasgow Mela
By sambayabamba on 03-May-13 15:03. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

Biscuits Alive at the Glasgow Mela 2013

SYB returned to the Glasgow Mela on Sunday 16th June and as ever it was a great day. We played two main stage sets, an impromptu parade, and a fantastic jam with the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, so we reckon all 25,000 people who attended the Mela heard our samba beats. Here's a great video of Biscuits Alive!, performed on the World Stage. Thanks to Jack Puri for sharing.

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