Bloco Xangô – percussion, song, and dance weekend in Preston

Sat 23rd and Sun 24th March 2013.

Workshops: Sat 10am – 5pm / Sun 11am – 6pm
Evening performance from workshop participants Sun 24th @ 7pm

Following the success of several Global Grooves ‘bloco’ courses, we are proud to announce our next installment in this series.

This course is a special weekend master-class exploring percussion and dance, influenced by the age old rhythms and choreographies rooted in Candomblé and the Samba Reggae groups of the Northeast of Brazil. This course brings together traditional percussive phrasing and dance movements delivered by Leon Patel and Adriana Rosso with a unique vocal choir lead by Faith Watson. The course is designed for singers, drummers and dancers of any ability and will fuse both Orixa based traditions and Samba Reggae with more modern and contemporary song styles.

For more information about ‘Bloco Xangô’ visit the course page here:

This course is a continuation from our last Bloco event in Cambridge ‘Bloco Yemanja’ that saw over 50 percussionists from all around the UK celebrate the rhythms and energy of the Orixa Yemanja (goddess of the sea).

For singers: This intensive weekend of singing lead by international acclaimed singer Faith Watson (UK) will develop harmony and melody to complement the percussion and dance arrangements. Singers of any experience are welcome to be guided through a structured weekend of singing, joining the percussionists and dancers for a final cross-discipline performance on the Sunday evening. Singers will have the opportunity to work alongside a large percussion and dance ensemble offering a new experience for participants and audience alike.

This is an open level course suitable for singers who have a basic to advanced understanding of group singing.

For Dancers: Lead by the amazingly talented dancer and choreographer Adriana Rosso (Brazil), dancers will have the opportunity to learn new Samba Reggae choreographies influenced by the rhythms, movements and personalities of the Orixa Xangô. Working closely alongside the percussion arrangements, dancers will explore how dance movements and percussive phrasing interact with each other to create a powerful and intensive Samba Reggae choreography (to be performed with the Bloco on Sunday evening).

This is an open level course suitable for dancers who have a basic to advanced understanding of Brazilian dance styles.

About Xangô:

In the Candomblé tradition Xangô is celestial fire, the fire of life and death. He lives in rocks and minerals and in volcano lava. He is a strategist and a king (Alafin) from Oyo, Nigeria. He is Lord of the drums and an Orixa of war.

For Drummers: This intensive weekend percussion course will focus on a bateria piece for ‘Xangô’ as well as traditional Samba Reggae arrangements. Using Surdos, Timbas, Caixas and Repiniques Leon Patel (UK) is scheming up some cheeky and flavoursome grooves and breaks that will inspire a serious respect for all things Reggae.

We will develop an exciting and unique arrangement to explore and celebrate Brazilian carnival styles from Salvador, Brazil. These arrangements will draw upon rhythms from Brazilian Candomblé adopting percussive phrasing to celebrate the power of the Orixá Xangô.

This is an open level course suitable for players who have a basic to advanced understanding of Brazilian Percussion.

Dates and Times:

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2013.
Workshops: Saturday 10am – 5pm / Sunday 11am – 6pm
Evening performance from workshop participants Sunday 24th @ 7pm


Classes are sponsored by the Worldwise Learning Centre.
£30 full £20 concessions for the full weekend and performance*

*Please note for members of the UClan Worldwise Samba Drummers group or students at UClan, this course is free. Please register by clicking the link below, fill in the form and close the window when you reach the payment page.

Venue: UClan, The Media Factory, Kirkham Street, Preston PR1 2HE

For more information and how to book visit

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