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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May Morning in Oxford 2017

Sol Samba parading down New College Lane in Oxford on May Morning 2011
Parading down New College Lane on May Morning 2011

The weather forecast is looking good, so Sol Samba are likely to be out on the High Street in Oxford tomorrow morning to celebrate May Day. Our plan is to parade from Longwall Street up the High and jam with Horns of Plenty along the way. We’ll be setting off shortly after the choir has finished singing at the top of Magdalen College tower and once the Morris sides have jingled a safe distance away. Our maracatu drums will start rumbling around 06:30. Look out for our distinctively dressed dancers.

If you’ve never been to May Morning in Oxford before, it’s well worth the bleary-eyed effort to start off your bank holiday with some traditional folk revelry. And you can always go back to bed afterwards…

Peter Andre books Sol Samba for Thame Carnival

On Wednesday 15 June 2011, Peter Andre brought the TV cameras from ITV2’s Peter Andre: Here 2 Help to our rehearsal at St Greg’s. His mission was to liven up Thame Carnival the following Saturday by asking us to play with him in the parade. Here’s an excerpt from the show:

“You lot are unbelievable! Thank you so much for agreeing to do this. You’re going to make Thame very happy.”
Peter Andre on ITV2’s “Peter Andre: Here 2 Help”

Maracatu Masters Nation

On Sunday 7 November 2010, Sol Samba hosted a Maracatu Masters Nation workshop at St Nicholas’ Primary School in Oxford. We were honoured to learn from the musical directors of three of the most historic, respected naçãos: Mestre Afonso from Maracatu Nação Leao Coroado (Nation of the Crowned Lion); Mestre Gilmar from Maracatu Nação Estrela Brilhante de Igarassu (Shining Star of Igarassu Nation); and Mestre Arlindo from Maracatu Nação Cambinda Africano (Cambinda Africano Nation).

Thanks very much to Mariana Pinho from Gandaia Arts for making this happen.

Sol Samba learns to play “Vem Ver” with Mestre Gilmar of Maracatu Estrella Brillihante de Igarassu

Mestre Gilmar (Igarassu), Mestre Arlindo (Cambinda Africano) and Mestre Afonso (Leao Coroado)