Samba Nos Montanhas 2015

It was such a joy to be part of the Samba Nos Montanhas retreat at Mountain Waters Retreat Centre above Nelson, B.C. on October 3-5, 2015. SLaP members who attended the retreat (Ben Johnson, Shirley & Jon Wyngaard, Jessie King & Jeremy) all feel tremendous warmth and gratitude to have been part of it.

Special Thanks go out to the organizers:

Nicole LeBihan, John Ryan, Kris Ledrew, Sergio & Amber, Marcelo & Myra, members of Moving Mosaic Samba Band and their families, who participated and prepared the wonderful food. And, the Nelson & District Credit Union for sponsoring the retreat.

On the first evening, Sergio made a wonderful presentation about his experience growing up in Recife, Brazil, and a history of samba, maracatu, and frevo music and dance.

The next day, Marcelo taught us this chant Umbabarauma which we sang along with a simple rhythm, interspersed with the Funk rhythm taught to us in 2011 by Maninho Costa. The chant goes like this:

Joga bola jogador, joga bola corocondô

Joga bola jogador, joga bola corocondô

Rere rere rere jogador, rere rere rere corocondô

Rere rere rere jogador, rere rere rere corocondô

Tererê, tererê, tererê, tererê, tererê, homen gol

Tererê, tererê, tererê, tererê, tererê, homen gol

Here is the audio of us learning the chant:

After lunch Sergio and Amber taught a movement workshop where we all participated in learning to move in different ways with footwork comprising a triangle form, square form and a turning sequence. We practiced these moves first without drumming and then while drumming. This was very successful! Sergio also taught us the great word “Jinga” (swagger, strut your moves).

The evening brought a delicious dinner and a great jam, and the next day we split into sections and Kris Ledrew taught a tamborim sequence which he brought to us from Michael de Miranda. Here is the video from Michael:

After the sectionals, Sergio taught some history and fundamentals of Capoeira and just about everyone had a turn playing in the Roda. It was a great experience!

We closed the workshop with food, great cameraderie and jamming, and the entire workshop was a total success!