12 Week block running on Tuesday evenings from 9th January - 26th March
7pm - 9pm
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The classes provided by SambaYaBamba, run every Tuesday evening. Tuition is by Sambayabamba director Roddy Dickson, who has over 20 years of experience in the field and has played and studied in Rio as well as at the highest level in Europe. We aim to teach to Brazilian standards and cater to both beginner level and those with musical or drumming experience. So whether you're just in it for fun or have serious drumming ambition there will be plenty for you to get to grips with.

Booking in advance is essential. All instruments are provided. Please don't worry about turning up by yourself, this is completely normal and you will be welcomed in. Classes are for adults of any age.


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Do I need my own drum?

All instruments are provided.

Do I need to wear earplugs?

YES - samba is extremely loud and can cause conditions such as tinnitus. Basic earplugs are given out on the first night, thereafter they are 50p a set. Or even better, buy a better set online for around £10 or professional musician ones for more.

What if my friends are not crazy enough to accompany me?

Please don't worry about turning up by yourself, this is completely normal and you will be fully welcomed in.

Where are the workshops held?

The classes take place in SYB's rehearsal space in Kilbirnie Street, Tradeston (close to the O2 Academy). A short meander from West Street and Bridge Street Subway stations. Easy access from bus stops on Pollokshaws Road at Eglinton Toll (where the M74 crosses overhead) The space is far from fancy but in that way, does have something of the feel of a real Rio samba school!

How do I join SambaYaBamba's main performing band?

Completion of these blocks does not lead directly to an invitation to join the performing band, however, it is worth noting that aside from a transfer from another band, or the youth band - this is the only place SambaYaBamba can look to get new blood as is required every so often in a large scale band. The commitments are many including ability, versatility, sociability, dedication and time to commit to a grueling gig schedule, however, it is a very rewarding lifestyle choice for those it suits. If you are interested in pursuing this path the advice would be to be good, committed, and make yourself useful by learning multiple instruments.

Do participants socialise afterward?

It has been known. The Laurieston Bar is a popular and welcoming establishment nearby.


Youth Band Crowdfunder

Youth Band Crowdfunder

We're on a funding mission for the youth band with match-funding from Creative Scotland. Please donate if you can and share the link far and wide!


Samba Ya Bamba is registered as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), No. SC050632