Part 1 – London
A Batucada adventure with Lisa, Christian, Nige, Debs, Dr Phil and AliG
It began in 1992 with 20 samba groups performing, and two years later it had grown to 40 groups and 1,000 performers.
Now, 22 years later, 100 samba groups take part, with over 3,000 performers.
It’s now the biggest samba festival outside Brazil, and for three days in July Coburg’s rather modest population of 42,000 swells to an impressive 200,000.
Our adventure began with a random “wouldn’t it be nice” discussion after band practice one Sunday in February – and ended with 5 of us performing on stage with the London School of Samba (LSS) at this year’s Coburg Samba Festival.
This is how it went down… Continue reading