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Coburg 2009 Report
By SambaYaBamba on 17-Jul-09 12:09. 1073 Comments - Click to add a comment

This July SambaYaBamba represented Glasgow and Scotland for the 5th time in the biggest Samba event outside Brazil, Coburg International Samba Festival in darkest Germany.

After being tormented and not-so-politely robbed by Satan's very own Ryanair we'd got somewhere in Germany, 6 hours away from our destfination in fact. However as always the Autobhan pagode session and the random hollering of 'Phoenix City' made it seem like fünf minuten. We arrived in the early hours and received a glorious welcome at the Hungry Highlander pub - our second home for the weekend.

The Friday weather was changable. The traditional meet and greet pagode at the Turnerschaft then we opened the main stage in the Marktplatz in light rain to a sea of umbrellas. Everyone went to see Houba-Samba's opening gig on Albertzplatz which for me remained the gig of the festival, then the french feast continued with Muleketu on Marktplatz and the official evening ended with Aquarela on Schlossplatz. Needless to say the party went on a little longer at the highlander with Walter from Bloco X leading a roasting hot bateria in the street. When the Police could tolorate no more, Houba continued indoors till god knows when.

Saturday we had 3 gigs on 3 different stages punctuated by big sausages in wee rolls and frothing tankards of beer. The punters certainly took our kilts in their stride, not quite so the french ladies, or so i'm told. By this point the meaningless phrase 'Phoneix Ciiity' had really taken hold and the band took great delight in convincing the compare to announce us as such. It was a pretty gruelling schedule playing not only our own gigs but joining both Muleketu and Bloco X/Suco Legal bods whenever possible and trying to squeeze in gigs from LSS, A Bunda and Swiss maniacs - Quastenflosser dressed as along the lines of robocop. One of the highlights of Saturday was Tarragona's Samba da Praca on the Marktplatz with their wonderful singing and generally brilliant show. Saturday night SYB rocked the back court of the Highlander with what felt like every ritmista in Europe in attendance. Aquarela and LSS led a mammoth and amazing pagode session in to the early morning.

Sunday, SYB were excused from the parade to play on the Albertsplatz stage. Samba City Coburg congested to a halt as the throngs strained to see the parade of 100+ bands and dancers. You would swear it was carnaval in Bahia if it wasn't for the occasional Bavarian remindeg glimpse of big tashes and belted gents shorts. After the parade, Highlander John made us one of his famous curry pots and half of Coburg settled into the usual caiperinha party with the wee band blasting the brazilian equivalent of my old man's a dustman and donald where's yer troosers till the cachaça ran out. Meanwhile the german efficiency made short work of dismantling the 9 or so stages and attachments that had covered the city for the last 3 days, ready for the next festival.

Coburg has one of the finest swimming pools in the world. If Carlsberg made swimming pools... it wouldn't be anywhere near as good as this one! It's outdoor, sunny (always), with grass, loungers, spashy bits, volleyball nets, flumes, diving boards and ice cold german bier! Monday was spent firmly dug in there. Yet another successful festival, no wonder it's the highlight of the samba year!


Natasha & Jane Coburg 2009Martin - Coburg 2009
SYB at Schlossplatz - Coburg 2009SYB at Schlossplatz - Coburg 2009
Martin & Tam - Coburg 2009Mairi - Coburg 2009
NLaura & Kirsten - Coburg 2009Suzy with Muleketu - Coburg 2009
SYB with Muleketu - Coburg 2009Muleketu & SYB - Coburg 2009
SYB gig at Hungry Highlander - Coburg 2009Shona & Scott - Coburg 2009
Kim & Cara - Coburg 2009Suzy - Coburg 2009
Doug - Coburg 2009Eilidh & Suzy - Coburg 2009




click here for more videos of SYB at Coburg



Showcase Photos Now Online
By SambaYaBamba on 01-Jul-09 16:49. 84 Comments - Click to add a comment

Needless to say the 4th Scottish Samba Showcase was a resounding success with monumental performances from Edinburgh Samba School, Muleketú and hosts SambaYaBamba. Photography by Becky Duncan - 

scottish samba showcase IV 

scottish samba showcase IV



Showcase Videos
By SambaYaBamba on 29-Jun-09 22:49. 72 Comments - Click to add a comment



West End Festival and Showcase
By SambaYaBamba on 29-Jun-09 21:57. 42 Comments - Click to add a comment

After a huge mess in the run up the West End Festival has passed back to the community. This year's parade will take place in leafy Kelvin Way and Kelvingrove Park and promises to be better than ever (weather permitting). As usual SambaYaBamba will be playing host to some wonderful guests. This year's highlight is Paris's Muleketu, Almost certainly THE best samba-reggae outfit outside of Salvador and winner of the 2009 Concours de Paris beating off competition from big name multiple winners Aquarela and Sambatuc. In it's 4th year now, the Scottish Samba Showcase will be in full swing the night before the parade with a triple bill of Muleketu, SambaYaBamba and Edinburgh Samba School. Muleketu are a must see item on this their first uk appearance, with their unique Baiano coreography and drum flailing acrobatics. QM Union, Sat 13th June 9pm-2am Tix £7adv/£9door

scottish samba showcase IV



Into 2009
By SambaYaBamba on 29-Jun-09 21:55. 43 Comments - Click to add a comment

2008 was a great year for the band with fantastic shows from Departure Lounge in Edinburgh to Knockengorroch in the deep south and HydroConnect on the west coast to Perth and Aberdeen in the north. Not forgetting of course the amazing West End Festival and Stereo gigs right here in Glasgow. The Euro-Odyssey was a flying success with Glasgow's bateria playing in excess of 12 gigs in 12 days across France Italy and Germany. 

We've played host to Verde Vai from London, Houba Samba from Montauban and both Barulho and Carnival Collective from Brighton. We've been lucky enough have expert tuition in samba-jungle from Pat Power and in Afro-Samba from mestre Marivaldo of the world famous afro bloco - Ilê Aiyê. 

9 members of SYB have had the opportunity to practice and play with the German based pan-european bateria, 'Bloco X' making Scotland one of the most strongly represented nations. Roddy, (our musical director) is just back from Rio and playing with the Samba School, Academicos da Rocinha and Monobloco for a less traditional take on Rio samba. 

This year looks just as promising with Brighton confirmed for April and an array of very tempting offers from Europe.

SambaYaBamba, Coburg, Germany 2008


SambaYaBamba v Brighton Carnival Collective
By SambaYaBamba on 12-Nov-08 23:21. 1961 Comments - Click to add a comment

Do not miss SambaYaBamba and Brighton Carnival Collective head to head in Stereo! Enough said. If you only see one SambaYaBamba gig this year, this is the one to see. Along with the outstanding CC who have sold out in the Riverside Club twice before. Edinburgh bods have a chance to SambaYaBamba on the Friday night at Departure Lounge in the Caves along with Chief and Dog from Bêbado on the decks.

sat 11th november

Knockengorroch, The Hairth 18-22 Sep
Departure Lounge, The Caves, Edinburgh. Fri 28th Nov

SYB vs Carnival Collective, Stereo, Glasgow Sat 29th Nov


SambaYaBamba's 2008 European Tour
By SambaYaBamba on 12-Nov-08 23:09. 15 Comments - Click to add a comment

sambayabamba on the main stage, Marktplatz, Coburg, Germany. 2008

SambaYaBamba are heading to Connect Festival off the back of an incredible european tour taking in Belgium, the South of France, The Italian Lakes and Bavaria. This is certainly the most ambitious escapade SYB has ever undertaken and indeed in all my years of samba i have never heard of any other European bateria taking on such a grand plan either. 30 sambistas, one bus, 14 gigs, 30 degrees, yaaaaas!

The tour took in the Samba al Pais festival in Negrepelisse near Toulouse and the infamous Coburg Samba Festival in Germany, easily the biggest samba festival outside Brazil. Both France and Germany have much healthier samba scenes than the UK but the drummers from Glasgow managed to delight punters, sambistas and critics alike with our unique drum'n'bass and breakbeat styles alongside our ability to play full and correct Rio style samba.

Now in our 4th year at Coburg, SambaYaBamba is becoming something of a local legend and it's clear to see we are getting better slots and bigger crowds every year. This year we had very well attended gigs on the two main stages which you can see on youtube by clicking here

our chariot awaits!


SYB's Saltire up in Mocidade's Quadra!
By SambaYaBamba on 12-Nov-08 23:06. 37 Comments - Click to add a comment

We presented this flag, along with a bottle of our "Vinha Especial" to Mestre Jonas, director of bateria at Mocidade Samba School when he was here in Glasgow to teach SambaYaBamba, and sure enough, as promised, he has put it up in the hallowed quadra of Mocidade Independente do Padre Miguel, Rio de Janeiro. Kinda wish we'd taken a bit more care with the text now but who would have known it would end up there. 

sambayabamba's soltire up on the wall at mocidade independente's quadra, Padre Miguel, Rio


Brass Players
By SambaYaBamba on 12-Nov-08 23:02. 400 Comments - Click to add a comment

a trombonist's eye view of the national stadium

We're always on the lookout for dedicated brass players - especially trumpets at the moment. You don't need to be Maceo Parker, if you're a bit rusty we'll soon get you back on top of it, if not, all the better. Loads of gigs and fun to be had - call or text 07504 131693 (brass enquiries only) to let us know if you're coming and what instrument you play. 


Our Very Own Article in Brazilian Newspaper: O Globo
By SambaYaBamba on 12-Nov-08 22:47. 79 Comments - Click to add a comment

The Brazilian national newspaper; O Globo, with a readership of over 300,000 a day recently did a very complimentary article on SambaYaBamba after they discovered us when researching the Brazilian Pipe band's trip to Scotland. You can view the article as a PDF by clicking here. If you don't understand portuguese you might struggle a bit but take a look anyway and rest assured it's all good news! 


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