We had the following article, written by one of our band members, published in the South Wales Echo’s “Community Corner”. Many thanks to the Communities team at the Echo for their support.
Spotlight on local arts groups
Group name: Samba Galêz
How long has the group been running? 24 years
How many members do you have and what is the age range? We have around 70 members aged 18 to 74
Where do you rehearse and how often? We rehearse every Saturday afternoon in Splott
How many shows do you put on a year and where do you stage them? We do between 15 and 20 performances every year. These can include carnivals, festivals, club gigs and even weddings, around South Wales and further afield.
Tell us about some of the productions you’ve put on in the past. Although we usually perform at events other people have organised, we have put on events ourselves. These include two Encontros, where we invited Samba bands from across the UK and beyond to join us in Cardiff for a weekend of workshops, busking and a huge gig in the coal exchange with guest samba bands performing. We had over 1000 people attending each one. These were amazing experiences.
What’s been the group’s most memorable show and why? Last year, the band was invited to appear on Strictly Come Dancing to support Patrick Robinson when he was dancing the Samba.
What’s been your own favourite role and why? I have always been a surdo player and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to play. There’s an amazing feeling when you hit the big bass drums but you need to be pretty dedicated to carry such an instrument when parades can last over two hours.
Time to shine the spotlight on your next production – tell us all about it and where and when we can see it. We have lots of lovely gigs booked in for the summer, including Pembrokeshire Fish Festival on June 28, and Penarth Carnival on July 19. We are also doing a mini tour out to France, playing in towns around the Dordogne for the Bastille Day celebrations.
How can people find out more about your group? Our website is www.sambagalez.info and our Facebook page is Samba Galez. You can find links to our Facebook and YouTube pages on our website.
Published in the South Wales Echo, June 13th, 2014