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Bloco Swingueira | Samba Reggae Atenas
Bloco Swingueira | Samba Reggae Atenas

THE MUSIC

Samba Afro and Samba Reggae music were born in the city of Salvador, Bahia, in the 1970s, when the Bloco Afro ILÊ AIYÊ first appeared. This instrumental idiom expresses the national identity and pride of the Afro Brazilians of Bahia. The Afro Brazilians played an important role in the early development of samba music, whose first form had a “Bahian” tone in dance and music, called “samba de roda”. The development of samba music in its contemporary fast form took place later in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The “sacred” rhythms and dances of the animistic religion Candomblé radically affect the birth of samba afro and samba reggae music, while since 1974 the drums are manufactured with metal instead of wood in order to facilitate the parade of a bloco afro.

 

The blending of African rhythms with Candomblé, samba, reggae, merengue, ijexa and funk music lead to an “explosive” and modern blend of rhythms, dances, civilizations and cultures.

 

The greatest representatives of this kind of music, that constitute our source of inspiration, are bands such as: Ilê Aiyê, Olodum, Muzenza, Malê Debalê, Timbalada etc.

 

Samba reggae is nowadays an international musical “language” with percussion bands spreading worldwide.

 

In Greece, the first “bloco” was created in 2003 by Angelos Polychronou, after a 3day workshop with Giba Gonçalves, while at the same time another “bloco” was formed in Thessaloniki by Eddie Spaapen.

 

Since then, many similar bands have appeared in Greece, in several cities such as Volos, Edessa, Drama, Chios, Andros, and there is a systematic cooperation among them on a live sessions and workshops level.

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BLOCO SWINGUEIRA

Bloco Swingueira was created in 2014 and has since participated with live sessions in carnival festivities, events, festivals and social happenings, such as:


Metaxourgeio Carnival 2015 - 2020

Patras Carnival 2016 - 2019

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) Carnival festivities 2017 - 2019

Chalkida Carnival 2017 - 2018

Athens Marathon 2016 - 2017

Allou Fun Park
Christmas events 2018
Carnival festivities 2019 - 2020

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) SNF Night Run 2017

34th P.A.P.E.

Locomondo 2015 (Opening act)

Yoga Spring Fair (by Pepper 96.6) Athens Concert Hall Gardens 2015

Circus Dayz fest Athens 2015

Circus Dayz fest Santorini 2016

Fundraising for the Social Kitchen “The Other Human” 2016

BLOCO SWINGUEIRA

Bloco Swingueira was created in 2014 and has since participated with live sessions in carnival festivities, events, festivals and social happenings, such as:


Metaxourgeio Carnival 2015 - 2020

Patras Carnival 2016 - 2019

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) Carnival festivities 2017 - 2019

Chalkida Carnival 2017 - 2018

Athens Marathon 2016 - 2017

Allou Fun Park
Christmas events 2018
Carnival festivities 2019 - 2020

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) SNF Night Run 2017

34th P.A.P.E.

Locomondo 2015 (Opening act)

Yoga Spring Fair (by Pepper 96.6) Athens Concert Hall Gardens 2015

Circus Dayz fest Athens 2015

Circus Dayz fest Santorini 2016

Fundraising for the Social Kitchen “The Other Human” 2016

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LESSONS

Our goal is to share this unique experience with you and to introduce you to the magical world of Brazilian rhythms!

 

Our ideal is that you join our percussion group (bloco) and participate in our activities.

 

Our lessons are addressed to everyone regardless of their musical level, while no previous musical knowledge or experience with playing a musical instrument is needed.

 

Angelos Polychronou teaches and conducts our Bloco, with the assistance of Anatoli Aroutzidi and the contribution of the greatest Brazilian mestre: Memeu, Marivaldo Paim, Cesar Veloso, Mario Pam, Patinho Correia etc.

 

MONDAY

19.00 – 20.30 (Beginners)

20.30 – 22.00 (Advanced)

WEDNESDAY

19.00 – 20.30 (Beginners)

20.30 – 22.00 (Advanced)

 

Bloco Swingueira also organizes workshops with the greatest mestre of afro brazilian culture.

 

Workshops:

Mestre Memeu (Olodum) 2018

Mestre Cesar Veloso (Malê Debalê) 2017

Mestre Memeu (Olodum) 2016

Mestre Marivaldo Paim (Ilê Aiyê) 2015

Bloco Swingueira | Samba Reggae Atenas
Bloco Swingueira | Samba Reggae Atenas
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Bloco Swingueira | Samba Reggae Atenas

CONTACT

Bloco Swingueira | Samba Reggae Atenas

CONTACT