On March 3 over 1,600 children, aged between 7-16, smashed the world record for the World’s Largest Samba Band at London’s famous Royal Albert Hall.
Made up of pupils from 27 participating London schools, the samba drumming children filled the venue after undergoing a ten-week intensive samba course run by world music workshop provider, Inspire Works and the support of the Royal Albert Hall. The 1,675 strong band performed a specially commissioned piece of samba music and were joined by dancers from the London School of Samba. The band blew the roof off of the auditorium with their thunderous drumming as 30 Guinness World Record adjudicators stood by to ensure all guidelines were adhered to. The new world record was announced shortly after the performance and smashed the previous record achieved by 1,038 people in São Paulo, Brazil.
The groundbreaking event marked the UK launch of the second Street Child World Cup (SCWC), which kicks off in three weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ten-day football tournament will involve up to 250 street-connected girls and boys from across five continents and is part of a global movement that aims to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of the world’s street children.