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'A vibrant Samba-Reggae Percussion band full of energy and uplifting spirit ... Batala Bangor started in 2003, the second UK Batala after Portsmouth, which had started the year before.'

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'Batala is a form of Samba Drum music which originates in Salvador de Bahia in North Eastern Brazil ... The music has its roots in African traditional music which found its way to Brazil and has been incorporated in to Brazilian culture since ... We periodically introduce new members to the band through a series of beginners workshops. Previous drumming experience is desirable but not necessary as you will be assigned to a drum appropriate for your level of experience.'

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‘A local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. We entertain at many music festivals, carnivals, processions, sporting events, weddings, corporate events, and launches ... If you are interested in learning to drum with us then contact us about our weekly workshops.’

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'Since forming in Tunbridge Wells in 2001 thanks to some Millennium Lottery funding, Bloco Fogo has grown and developed both musically and in size. In 2006 we established a second group in Maidstone and now we have over 60 members ranging in age from 8 to 80+!'

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‘A community band of drummers and dancers playing energetic Brazilian-based music for celebrating and dancing. The samba band and dancers perform at festivals, parties and events throughout the year, raising the roof and creating a vibrant atmosphere ... Bristol Samba promotes, supports and develops percussion-based music and related carnival arts, particularly in our local community.’

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‘We are a Community Samba Percussion Band, based in Freshwater and Totland, Isle of Wight ... We are a band with between fifteen and twenty five performers, playing (loud) lively percussion tunes with a Samba influence ... Started up in 2004 as West Wight Samba and became FaT Samba (Freshwater & Totland) in 2005. We are an offshoot from the Island's 1st Samba Band RAW Samba. (Ryde Art Works).’

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‘South Wales’ Biggest Community Samba Band ... Samba Galêz has around 90 members, and plays 30 to 40 gigs a year. We also enjoy impromptu busking in Cardiff city centre. It’s a social band, with various sub-groups who go cycling, hiking, play music, or just hang out ... You don’t need any previous musical experience, and in fact only a few of us play other instruments. We don’t expect you to be able to walk in off the street and start banging a drum. There is a lot to learn including basic rhythms and how they fit together and how to interpret our leader’s signals but you will be given support and help as you pick up the beats.’

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‘Founded in 1996 as a community band. We play Brazilian carnival rhythms with a Hastings twist! ... We perform regularly throughout the year and take part in some great events ... There are no auditions and no previous musical experience is required. All are welcome, although children under fourteen must be accompanied by an adult. All instruments are provided. Come along and try it – you have nothing to lose!‘

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‘The unique Brighton and Hove Senior Samba Band ... Over 50? That’s the only qualification you need to join the band at our daytime rehearsals in Brighton. No musical experience is required but we guarantee you’ll have a good time ... Based in the heart of Kemptown Silver Sounds is a community based band that have entertained and actively involved audiences of all ages for over 15 years.’

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‘We're a group of non-professional musicians and dancers, from across East Anglia.  We love playing music and dancing but most importantly we love having fun.  We call ourselves a samba school after the large samba groups in Brazil.  These groups often have thousands of members, and spend all year working towards a carnival where they compete against other schools in the area ... We perform music and dance inspired by Brazil, Cuba, Africa and our home town of Ipswich.’

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