Song writing workshops


What is a samba de enredo?

This is the song of a carnival procession. Along with the costumes and choreography it tells the story and theme of the parade to the participants. Every year for our carnival parade we have a Samba-de-enredo competition. The winner’s song is then used in the Notting Hill Carnival.

The song writing workshops are used to prepare an entry in the samba-de-enredo competition.  You need no experience in song writing to come and join the process. The workshops are run by Greg Cowan.


Workshop Dates:

  • No dates planned as we have our entry for 2017.
  • For future dates please let us know of your interest by emailing: lss.songwriting@gmail.com

Workshop Location:

Eurolink Business Centre
Unit 15
49 Effra Road
Brixton
London
SW2 1BZ


Workshop Structure:

  • Singing and practical study group for LSS repertoire for those present.
  • Songwriting for those present.

These workshops are intended as informal skills sharing, and development workshops run for and by volunteers and so at present is free of charge to LSS members.
 
These workshops may involve any combination of the following:

  • talks/presentations
  • workshops/exercises aimed at creating your own song
  • sharing work in development for feedback
  • study, discussion, exploration of existing material and the form

 
These workshops aim to:

  • explore
  • experience a process
  • develop musical ear
  • understand the form in order to contribute to creation of samba de enredos in a London context

 
Why run these workshops?
A small group of members would like to have the opportunity to develop skills in this area with a view to supporting entries at future samba de enredo competitions. You don’t need to be a musician or singer or able to notate music, but be willing to participate or contribute or both and have a genuine interest in this genre of music.
 
If you would like to contribute towards delivery of the workshop, please email lss.songwriting@gmail.com
 
If you would like to be kept informed of any updates around this activity, just pop us an email asking to be added to this mailing list.
Hope to see you there!
 


Samba de Enredo Competition

In the spring we run a competition for our samba de enredo (carnival theme song which will be sung as part of our carnival tour (pending funding)).
 
If you would like to enter please email lssbateria@gmail.com for more information.
 
Click here to download information on entry criteria, competition format and judging system.

Dance>>>

Learn Brazilian Samba whether just for fun, parading in carnivals or performing in shows

Drumming>>>

Play the drums just for fun at our classes or parade with us in carnivals and at gigs.

Costumes>>>

We make all of our costumes. Design and create as part of our team whatever your experience level.

Carnival>>>

Join us to parade at the Notting Hill Carnival and other celebrations.

London School of Samba offer dance and drumming classes for complete beginners to performer level. We parade every year at the Notting Hill Carnival which is open to all abilities. Our performance group travel the UK and abroad to do shows and are available to hire for private functions>>. 

All our costumes are made by hand and you can learn the techniques used at one of our costume making workshops. You can also hire one of these spectacular outfits for an event. There are also regular Make-Up workshops to learn how to prepare the performers for shows and carnivals. 

We are a friendly charity whose mission is to allow people to experience the feel and emotion of Brazilian arts through samba dancing, samba drumming and carnival preparations. Everyone is welcome at the school and there is a place for everyone.