Bloco Sŵn – Carnival Band

Bloco swn logoBloco Sŵn is a flexible Brazilian-style Carnival band. The band was created by an experienced group of percussionists in 2012 and has been storming the streets and stages ever since.

Bookings range from intimate walkabout performances, Massed Band Street Sounds, Sporting Events and Stage/Club gigs.

Live footage “Move it” @trax 2015

Live clip “Olodum” @trax 2015

Please like our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Blocoswn.

rhyl stage dragon

We can add Singers, Dancers, Capoeiristas and a Brass Section to our core percussion set.

 

Workshops in Schools

With the Olympic Games being held in Rio this Summer, what better way to create some excitement than some Rio-Style Samba?

Workshops in schools

Workshops in schools

Colin Daimond, leads the North Wales Carnival band “Bloco Sŵn” and has been involved in the delivery of Samba workshops for over 20 years. DBS Certification available.

All instruments provided up to a group size of 40, workshops can be tailored for all year groups and can involve a short sharing/performance at the end of the day.

Bigger groups can be catered for by including an assistant.

Email: colin@capoeiramocambo.co.uk Phone: 07773798199

North Wales Drum Workshops

I run a variety of drum workshops in Samba and other styles across the North Wales area.

Coming up are beginners Conga (Hand Drumming) and Samba workshops on Sundays 15th and 22nd May at TOGY, Treborth, Bangor. 11:30 – 1:30 and 2-4pm respectively.

The most up to date information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/projectcubabangor.

During the summer when I am busier performing at weekends, people tend to come to me for individual or group lessons. Give me a call or Email for more details.

Colin@capoeiramocambo.co.uk, 07773798199

Conga Workshop

Seckou Keita Drum and Dance Experience

seckou_logoSaturday 9th April 2016

Llanfairfechan Community Centre, Village Road, Llanfairfechan, Gwynedd, LL33 0AA

(located opposite Llanfairfechan Post Office)

A Workshop with Seckou Keita Focussing on the Djembe – an Invitation to Drum!

A unique opportunity to learn rhythms and share musical insight with the charismatic Senegalese drummer who comes from a family of hereditary musicians. Seckou is famous and popular for both his awe-inspiring renditions of traditional music and his ground-breaking contemporary collaborations with musicians across the globe.

A participatory and interactive event aimed at beginner and intermediate drummers.

Please bring Djembe and any other related African percussion.

Doors open 1.30pm workshop at 2 – 4.30pm 09/04/2016

Cost £35 (£25 if booked and paid before 01/04/2016)

An Audience with Seckou Keita Focussing on Dance – an Invitation to Dance!

A unique opportunity to surrender to the beautiful music of Seckou Keita in a safe space dedicated to dance.  Open to the flow of music from Kora and Drum and let Seckou guide you on a journey, allowing your body and being to respond the music.

Close your eyes and express yourself through dance.

This will be a personal, participatory event for people who love to dance.  Please wear loose clothing and bring water and a blanket.

Doors open 7.30pm with dancing from 8.15 – 9.45pm 09/04/2016

Cost £25 (£15 if booked and paid before 01/04/2016)

Cost for both sessions:  £60 (£40 if booked and paid before 01/04/2016)

Places are limited, so please book early: Booking Form

More details: Facebook event

Enquiries and to book please contact: jennie@carrregyfedwen.wales

Drum Celebration 2015

This project, running for its second year, is a collaboration between Colin Daimond, Bangor University Afro-Caribbean Society and Batala Bangor.

Saturday, 31st October, 12.00 – 12:30pm, a mass band will perform in Bangor town centre to mark Black History Month – a time to raise awareness of the importance of people of African and Asian origins in world and local history. The mass group will perform arrangement’s based on Afoxé and Samba Reggae rhythms from Brazil.

To join the band, contact Colin@capoeiramocambo.co.uk (or 07773 798199), or follow this link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1100000570011966/

Drum Workshops for all 11-16 year olds

Thursday and Friday 29/30th October 2015. £30

at The Old Goods Yard, Treborth, Bangor (near antelope pub LL57 2hz).

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/460542620769114/

last years event:

Join us for North Wales' biggest Samba Style drumming event.

Join us for North Wales’ biggest Samba Style drumming event.

Junk Percussion

Physics of sound, education junk percussion Wales

Physics of sound, education junk percussion Wales

Junk Percussion is particularly popular for summer community events and festivals – people of all ages can come and drop in, arrange their own Drumkit, make their own instruments and jam with strangers. Colin works to facilitate creativity, musicality and experiential learning with all ages and all abilities. Colin has also used Junk Percussion to deliver creative educational projects to Key Stage 1,2 & 3 on the themes of recycling and the physics of sound, choreographed Junk Percussion orchestras and used Junk percussion as a corporate Team Building tool.

Next public workshop is at Greenwood Forest park on Tuesday 27th October. https://www.facebook.com/events/770056656474135/

Here are some links to short videos:

Myself and Iolo “bashing out some ideas” on portable metal work; Hit Sgrap

And a Jam on some recycled Drainpipes: Pipe Jam

Junk percussion workshops North Wales

Junk percussion workshops North Wales

Project Cuba

Colin runs short courses of intensive but accessible Workshops focussing on the instruments and music of Cuba. The pilot ran with funding from Gwynedd Council in Spring 2013, there have been two subsequent series’ of workshops.Email: colin@capoeiramocambo.co.uk for upto date information on the forthcoming course. 0001Hx