Last term, The Magnificent Seven were lucky enough to receive specialist drumming lessons from Mr Derek Bird.

The rhythms of SAMBA, Brazil’s most prominent form of music and dance, originated in Africa — likely Angola — and emerged as a distinct sound in impoverished urban neighborhoods around Rio de Janeiro in the late-19th century. While Brazilians dance samba as part of their massive Carnival celebrations. The word “samba” comes from an Angolan language and means: “to pray.”

One of the most exciting elements of samba is the onslaught of percussion instruments. While every instrument has its own sound and serves its own particular purpose, the cumulative effect is meant to energize a listener so that they have no choice but to dance.

We thoroughly enjoyed performing for parents and friends and were delighted that they joined in to make our final lesson a memorable one!


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