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Global Grooves: Funk It Up

  • 23.06.10 - 01.08.10
  • 7.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • Full Course: &pou...

Dates: Wednesdays, June 23rd & 30th, July 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th

Times: 7.15pm-9.15pm

Venue: Band on the Wall, 25 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JZ

Final Rehearsal and Performance: Sunday 1st August 10am–1pm (Big Drum Day 11am-5pm) at Astley Hall Gardens, Astley Park, Chorley, PR7 1XA


A short course in Pan- Brazilian percussion and dance leaning towards the world of funk grooves and fat beats.  This course will lead to final performance and great day out at the Chorley Festival of Afro-Brazilian Drumming and Dance: Big Drum Day!


In this course Adriana Rosso will take you on a journey of Brazilian dance styles fusing several different traditions in a melting pot of samba, funk, hip-hop, Reggae, folkloric and Contemporary Brazilian dance styles.


For percussionists Leon Patel is scheming up some cheeky and flavoursome grooves and breaks for the Bateria that will require a serious respect for all things funky. The arrangements will draw upon influences from Brazilian Folkloric styles, West African percussion, Samba, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, Drum and Bass and Jungle.

 About the course:

We will study several different percussion and dance arrangements rooted in West-African traditions and follow the development of these styles over to Brazil and finally landing in the world of Funk. We will discover how African rooted traditions have influenced the development of modern funky Brazilian grooves and bring everything together for a one of performance at the Chorley Festival of Afro-Brazilian Drumming and Dance or “Big Drum Day!”.

This course was put together following overwhelming interest in funk and reggae courses from the samba community. So here it is! 

Now it’s here – Do You Dare to FUNK?