British Summertime Festival 2016 feat. Pharrell and Stevie Wonder

British Summertime Festival 2016 feat. Pharrell and Stevie Wonder

So yesterday we had the HUGE honour of playing at British Summertime Festival on the same bill as Pharrell, Corinne Bailey Rae and the legend that is Stevie Wonder. Audience figures reached 65000 people at their peak and the event was heaving all day. An extremely proud day for UDM, our members were true pros.

Waterloo Carnival 2016 with Mandinga Arts

Waterloo Carnival 2016 with Mandinga Arts

The beautiful Waterloo Carnival with Mandinga Arts! They never to fail to produce an amazing parade with a WHOLE PRIMARY SCHOOL. Yes, that’s right, the whole of Johanna Primary School with music provided by UDM winds it’s way through the streets of Waterloo before arriving at Waterloo Millenium Green for the big finale.


British Summertime Festival 2016 feat. Kendrick Lamar and Florence and the Machine

British Summertime Festival 2016 feat. Kendrick Lamar and Florence and the Machine

Yesterday we had the HUGE privilege of playing at the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park to an audience in the tens of thousands. On the line-up this time, Kendrick Lamar and Florence and the Machine and next week? STEVIE WONDER. The legend himself. As if this gig could get any more exciting.


Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

Cowley Road Carnival, Sun 6th July

Great (nearly)end to the best season yet! Huuuuuge crowds, lining the streets of East Oxford, for a full-on, powerful parade down the length of the Cowley Road, and a stage show to finish a perfect day. Well done and thankyou to all involved, I think ‘Sambalactica’ has well and truly flown to the stars and back and shared samba with the universe this year and during the immense journey of the last 10 years. Emotional doesn’t even begin to describe it.

 

But fret not, that ‘nearly’ means that there are 2 more chances to join the UDMSamba journey. Notting Hill Carnival Mon 28th August and Hackney Carnival  14th September both with Paraiso School of Samba – See you there!

Waterloo Carnival

Waterloo Carnival

photo by T A-Hobbs
photo by T A-Hobbs

Waterloo Carnival, Sat 4th July

Our annual day out with the Mandinga Arts team and Johanna Primary School, accompanying the 300 strong whole ENTIRE school in costume. HOW.

Checkout Mandinga’s fabulous work here http://www.mandingaarts.co.uk/

Waterloo carnival here https://www.facebook.com/waterloocarnival

And don’t forget our last full on UDM parade of the season on Sunday 6th July, the long awaited Cowley Road Carnival 

UDM 10th Birthday Party

UDM 10th Birthday Party

10437466_656542417756860_8635412710209955839_n (1)Sat 28th June UDM’s 10th Birthday Celebration

Our lovely alumni, performer, helper and writer extraordinare Roshni Goyate, is going to do write up of this super-special occasion, which obviously will take pride of place, smack bang in the middle of the websit. All we can say is it was beautiful and emotional and a few tears may have been shed. Sigh. Here’s to another 10