London’s Destinations festival will, this February, play host to world music artists Samba Chula. Travelling from São Braz, a tiny community of fishermen, fieldworkers and Rastafarians in Brazil, Samba Chula bring their samba beats from the home of the style’s roots.
Samba chula is a variation of an ancient form of samba which is in danger of musical extinction. Brothers João do Boi and Alumínio and their band hold up the torch for the samba chula tradition bringing the distinctive style of call-and-response singing accompanied by the rare viola machete (a double-strung guitar) to a British audience.
Songlines is pleased to be able to offer readers free passes to the festival – you’ll find two in your latest issue of the magazine. Don’t forget to come and say “hi” at the Songlines stand, too.
Regular festival performers, Samba Chula de São Braz will be performing at Destinations on Saturday and Sunday February 4-5 at 2.30pm on both days, followed by a 20 minute workshop.
For more information, visit www.destinationsshow.com/london