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What a night...
By sambayabamba on 23-Nov-12 11:05. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

Phew, what a night. Saturday 17th November 2012 will go down in history as the best birthday party ever....until we do it all again next year.

Thank you to each and every one of the 500+ friends who came to celebrate with us - including our special guest acts Banda 71, Brass Aye?, The Edinburgh Samba School and Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5. We hope you had as good a time as we did. 

Zul Bhatia took some incredible photos of the night, check them out on his Facebook page here and tag yourself if you're in them.

SYB cake 



Summer 2012
By sambayabamba on 27-Aug-12 12:10. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

Summer 2012 has been the busiest yet for SYB. With gigs almost weekly since April, we’ve played weddings, parades, clubs, rugby matches, festivals, races, balls and more. We’ve entertained crowds everywhere from Dunfermline to Germany, and of course had a belter of a time. Here are a few highlights:


Think Pink Charity Ball

We were delighted to be able to offer our services in support of Breast Cancer Care, a fantastic cause. And it’s always good to get people samba dancing in ball gowns – especially in such a spectacular venue as Mar Hall.


West End Festival Parade – SYB style

We weren’t about to let a little thing like the cancellation of the West End Festival parade stop us – we defiantly marched from the Botanic Gardens down Byres Road, and gathered quite a following on the way.  There was great public support for our renegade parade, and for a petition asking the council to reinstate the real parade next year. Here’s hoping it’ll be back in 2013.


O2 Glasgow Mela

We introduced our gorgeous dancers the Samba Rebelles, and played to a great crowd at the Commonwealth Stage. The best part of the day was an impromptu jam session and parade with Indian street band the Jaipur KAWA brass band.


Kelburn Garden Party

We always love going to Kelburn, and this year’s wee festival was better than ever. We heard some great acts, met fantastic people, played a stomping stage set, and undertook a perilous trek (whilst playing) through the forest. Can’t wait to be back in a few weeks for the Psychedelic Forest Carnival.


Coburg International Samba Festival

It had been a few years since SYB travelled to Germany for the samba festival, but we blew away the crowds in Coburg and are already looking forward to next year’s Festival. As ever, this idyllic German town became a mardi gras, and we partied as hard as we played. Big thanks to our “local” the Hungry Highlander and all the friends, new and old, from the best weekend of the summer.



The summer may be just about over, but we’re still busy! In September we’re looking forward to the Largs Viking Festival, the Psychedelic Forest Carnival, and also playing at the wedding of our very own Nikki Ellis. Click on the “Upcoming gigs” tab or visit our Facebook page to find out more and keep up with the band. 

SambaYaBamba In Largs!
By sambayabamba on 26-Jun-12 11:07. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

So, this weekend sees SYB travelling south-west to the beautiful wee town of Largs. Four gigs in two days will see us playing in the Largs Live Parade on Saturday, playing a set in Lounge straight after it then an evening set at The 2012 Kelburn Garden Party followed by much dancing and frivolity, finishing up with another set at Kelburn on Sunday. We absolutely LOVE coming down to Ayrshire!




The fun begins at 12midday this Saturday at Morrissons car park in Largs, see you there!! 

SYB to play Boteco Do Brasil's 2nd Birthday!
By sambayabamba on 23-Jan-12 09:10. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

Beat those winter blues by coming down to Boteco Do Brasil this Saturday for a wee shimmy and some sunny cocktails to celebrate the 2nd birthday of Glasgows very own Brazillian bar and restaurant. Bringing live music from SambaYaBamba and Mario Caribe and band with face painting and fire juggling thrown into the mix for good measure, it's a recipe for fun!


See you there folks. 

SambaYaBamba Set To Hit The Streets Of Glasgow!
By sambayabamba on 15-Dec-11 15:28. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

SambaYaBamba will be heading to Buchanan street on Saturday morning to get you all into the festive spirit with some good old fashioned SAMBA! Follow your happy ears down and have a wee seasonal shoogle on us!



Heading to Gdansk to play in Festiwal Kultury
By sambayabamba on 14-Sep-11 17:24. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

This September SYB will be looking out the big red passport and heading across the water to Poland. We are delighted to have been invited to take part in the Gdański Festiwal Kultury. We look forward to meeting up with our friends in Poland.

Gdański Festiwal Kultury 

SYB Sail To Stornoway!
By sambayabamba on 19-Jul-11 12:51. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

After the fun we had two years ago playing at the Homecoming Festival it was a true blessing to be invited back to play as part of the Tall Ships event. From playing on board the breathtaking Russian tall ship The Mir, to all bundling into a van to play at the Lewis Highland Games, it was four days of non stop drumming and celebrations! 

SYB on parade.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped make it a most memorable event and we hope to be back again next year! 

SambaYaBamba in Paris
By SambaYaBamba on 30-Jun-10 16:57. 0 Comments - Click to add a comment

 sambayabamba at trocadero paris
This June SambaYaBamba were privileged to be the special guests of Muleketu in Paris at their extravagant and epic 10th anniversary celebrations. Muleketu are without doubt the best known samba reggae organisation outside Brasil with literally hundreds of participants from both Paris and Marseille. many of you will have seen their mesmerising choreographed and unmistakably french shows when they were here in Glasgow for the Samba Showcase at West End Festival 2009. Their love of drums and party spirit meant they were sure to be instant friends of sambayabamba!

The Road to the Isles
By SambaYaBamba on 18-Aug-09 10:34. 102 Comments - Click to add a comment

This year saw a lifelong ambition of the band fulfilled with a glorious weekend performing in the Hebridean metropolis of Stornoway at the 2009 Homecoming Hebridean Tattoo. The weather and the people treated us well as we got kilted up and did our bit alongside the many pipe bands from the islands and even Canada in the grounds of the imposing Lews castle. The following day we paraded through the streets balanced precariously on the back of an artic with the crowds smiling and throwing coins... which is apparently a good thing up there!! The black pudding was flowing, seals obligingly played in the harbour, the standing stones at Callenish sparkled in the sunlight and Uig Sands, the biggest beach any of us had ever seen, exposed it's full golden expanse out to the Atlantic. Half the band then went home the long way, through all the islands down to Barra and then to Oban. SambaYaBamba is obsessed with islands as it is but this was certainly a wonderful experience and we dearly hope to be invited back next year.


SambaYaBamba in Stornoway, Lewis 2009



Late Summer Festivals
By SambaYaBamba on 21-Jul-09 17:04. 336 Comments - Click to add a comment

Half the Summer may be gone but there is still very much half left! SambaYaBamba will be at Eden Festival (4th-6th Sep) in the Forest of Ae in Dumfries and Galloway. A new venture by the crew who were behind the Eden tent formerly at the Wickerman, looks like a nice little well run and friendly festival that will be here to stay. Also look out for SYB's evil cousins, Glaswegian dub reggae extravaganza; Captain Slackship's Mezzanine Allstars. And we're pleased to say Knockengorroch: The Hairth (16th - 20th Sep) at Knockengorroch Farm. A little further afield, we're very excited to announce that we will also be playing at the Homecoming Hebridean Tattoo in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis on the weekend of the 8th of August.


eden knockengorroch posters



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