Scottish Samba Showcase @ QMU, Glasgow, June 10

Proof that samba is not just for Brazil

Article by Melissa Thomson | 15 Jun 2006
If you turn up to the West End Festival and spot some hungover parade members there's no prizes for guessing where they'll have been. Long running breaks night Bebado moves from its normal home of Favela to compere this mother of all drumming events, with Samba Ya Bamba (likely to be found at Kinky Afro or T in the Park-type affairs playing energetic drum and bass or Franz covers) playing live alongside the Edinburgh Samba School to make up the drumming supergroup, Maracatu Escocia. Samba's a fantastic experience if you're into your beats, and the pulse you'll hear from a ten-piece band is as driving as any club soundsystem, with heaps more visual character than a hunched DJ. But speaking of DJs, the breaks will be blasted by the Bebado DJs to keep the adrenaline going. To add to the line-up, guest bands Barulho from Brighton will provide a bit of samba jungle, and the tight Verde Vai from London will show us how to party like it's Brazil in February, not Glasgow in June.
Door 8pm - 2am, £6.