Common People 2017

This beautiful bank holiday weekend Sol Samba tagged along with some amazing other acts, such as Sean Paul, Pete Tong, Groove Armada, Rag’n’Bone, Amy Macdonalds, and others to entertain at the Common People festival in the South Park in Oxford. A full weekend festival of music, street food, and diverse arts and activities saw a large crowd of over 20,000 visitors on Saturday alone. We enjoyed two gorgeous days of sunshine and promise of summer in the air, as we played three sets, joined the always fun Horns of Plenty for a drum-and-brass rendition of Iko Iko, led a dance workshop with excited visitors, and snapped a photo with friendly policemen and a police dog along the way. We certainly had fun and we hope to see everyone again at Common People 2018!


Cowley Road Carnival and BBC Oxford both joined the party and took a swirl with us!

Oxford Mela

On Saturday, the 20th of May, we performed at the Oxford Mela – the beautiful and colourful event organized by the Oxford Hindu Temple under the motto “Celebrating Diversity in Oxford”. With a combination of great performances (ranging from Bollywood dancing and drum workshops to fashion shows and brass music), good food, and interesting stands we banished the rain and (hopefully) bring the first taste of summer to Oxford.

Oxford Mela 1
photo: Aimee Winkfield/Rose Hill News
Oxford Mela 2
photo: Aimee Winkfield/Rose Hill News


Check out Sol Samba playing:

More photos from the event:


May Morning


The weather forecast held up and the May Morning parade turned out successfully. Setting off shortly after the choir has finished singing at the top of Magdalen College tower, we paraded up the High and jammed with Horns of Plenty and the audience to the classic “Iko Iko” along the way. While the morning sun was blasting, the crowd joined us in a large ciranda (a typical Brazilian dance) for a fantastic finale!
Check out some more photos and videos below:

Video shared on FB by Jane Lelan:

First part of the video: performance. Second part of the video (starting at 6:00): ciranda dance with the crowd.

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