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

Marylebone Summer Fayre, Sun 15th June

Marylebone Summer Fayre, Sun 15th June

 

Great welcome at the Marylebone Fayre Dance stage, hopefully we brought some warmth to a surprisingly chilly day. Great reception from the crowd, so thank you Marylebone Fayre!

On 27th June we will be gracing streets of the Square Mile at the annual City of London Festival Children’s Carnival. We will lead 800 children from the Guildhall Yard to St Paul’s Cathedral where we have been chosen to perform on the steps. Come and see us!

http://www.udmsamba.com/programme-2014/

Tower of London, Sat 14th June

Tower of London, Sat 14th June

 

Well, nobody locked us in or chopped our heads off so the Beefeaters must have been pleased with us.

What an honour to parade inside the Tower of London grounds, and in front of the Crown Jewels. For more photos and videos check out our gallery and youtube playlist, and for another chance to see us, we will be at Marylebone Fayre tomorrow 3pm!

http://www.udmsamba.com/programme-2014/

2014 Theme – ‘SAMBALACTICA! Uma Viagem Estelar’

2014 Theme – ‘SAMBALACTICA! Uma Viagem Estelar’

Sambalactica! Uma Viagem Estelar
Sambalactica! Uma Viagem Estelar

Sambalactica, a journey through time and space bringing samba to the universe!

This year’s theme is influenced by G.R.E.S Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel’s 1985 song Ziriguidum 2001 which describes a journey through space and time. Our 21st century take on a 20th century song.
Come and see us in action!

Vou à Lua, vou ao Sol
Vai a nave ao som do samba
Caminhando pelo tempo
Em busca de outros bambas (bis)

To  the moon, to the sun,
The spaceship travels to the sound of samba,
Moving through time,
In search of other ‘sambistas’