•• Dumfries School of Samba ••

14 December 2022

Launching Dumfries School of Samba.  Suitable for all ages, come along and give it a try.

First session is free and you do need to register


About the Samba Leader – Jordan Ferguson

Jordan Ferguson is an in-demand percussionist and educator who has been specialising in Brazilian Carnival music since 2009. His dedication to music and cultures from across the world have led him to working with artists and organisations and building strong links in community focussed groups. All the while having opportunities to perform at world renowned events such as São Paulo’s Street Carnival (Brazil), COP26 (Glasgow) and The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pageant to name a few.

What is Samba Percussion ?

Perhaps one of the most popular music and dance styles ever to emerge from Brazil, samba evolved in Rio de Janeiro by the early 20th century and grew to become the quintessential music and dance form associated with Rio’s carnaval. With its rich and syncopated rhythm and its often voluptuous dance moves, samba has circled the globe as one of the most infectious and popular styles from the South American continent.

The word “samba” is thought to be derived from the Kimbundu (Angolan) term semba, which referred to an “invitation to dance” as well as a common appellation for the dance parties held by slaves and former slaves in the rural areas of Rio. These dances involved gyrating hip movements (called umbigada) and had roots going back to the colonial period in the Congolese and Angolan circle dances (information from this page

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