SamBanda: All in Rhythm

The founding of the Bulgarian samba band was made possible by a youth exchange in 2008, it was conceived by a group of music enthusiasts and activists, and it was supported/carried out by Ideas Factory. SamBanda became part of an international network of similar percussion street bands called Rhythms of Resistance = RoR . What all activist’s RoR bands have in common is their frivolous and creative way to stand up musically-laud against any form of exploitation, discrimination or oppression, but also to declare an inspiring presence at festivals and festivities with the same force. Youth Exchange allowed us to invite samba-maestro from a foreign RoR-band to train the numerous participants in the techniques of playing and coordination of the samba-battery, and also to buy the samba instruments needed for the full-blown samba sound of the Bulgarian band. The training was followed by an exuberant samba carnival in Borisova Gradina on 26.07.2008.

SamBanda continues to inspire and sambify bodies and souls at marches, protests and festivals. If you feel the rhythm in you, contact us  and come play with us!

OBJECTIVE: Formation and training of a Bulgarian samba group, part of the international movement Rhythms of Resistance. By using music and samba-rhythm to stimulate people to be more active in the social life around them, to provide support for various public events and to add energy and emotions to our surroundings and our life.

WHEN: July 2008

WHERE: Sofia and not solely